Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), Turpan

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The Emin Minaret or Emin Tower stands by the Uyghur mosque located in Turfan, Xinjiang, China. At 44 meters (144 ft) it is the tallest minaret in China. The Qing Empire conquered this largely Muslim region in the 1750s by defeating the Dzungar Mongols with their superior weaponry in a series of battles. The Uyghurs under Emin Khoja 額敏和卓 joined the Qing Empire for protection against the Dzungars and the Emin minaret was named after Emin Khoja.The minaret was started in 1777 during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1735 - 1796) and was completed only one year later. It was financed by local leaders and built to honor the exploits of a local Turpan general, Emin Khoja, hence the name "Emin". The Emin Minaret is located along the ancient Silk Route (near the ancient Uyghur capital of Gaochang). Nearby is the site of the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves.The arid landscape of southern Xinjiang has long been connected to both East Asia and West Asia by historical trade routes such as the Silk Road and the land around these crossroads became the location for most of the Uyghur Islamic structures in Xinjiang. The area has long served as a conduit for cultural exchange between different ethnic and religious groups. The Emin Minaret, like other Uyghur mosques and minarets, reflects this in its combination of traditional Islamic features and local Uyghur building traditions.
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  • August 4, 2017
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  • July 25, 2017
    Tucked in the grape fields just outside of Turpan, this small mosque and minaret is overpriced at 45 Kwai but is, none the less, an exquisite piece of architecture, and when we were there, quiet and r...  more »
  • June 1, 2017
    entry 45 yuan. The Emin minaret, also known as Sugongta, was built by the Governor of Turpan, Emin Hoja, in 1777 together with the adjacent Afghan style mosque. The Minaret is one of the most beautiful buildings you could admire in Xinjiang. Circular, is decorated with simple brick motifs and presents a sombre and austere Interior that offers a nice contrast to the lush green of the vineyards that surround it. You may not access the Minaret because it is unsafe. Outside there is a series of traditional tombs (is not allowed to enter the cmitero to non-Muslims) is full of trees and other fruits are unknown.
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  • November 13, 2016
    Seen from the Minaret, where I don't feel old.... Because the door is not broken minaret public toilets, male and female were all exposed.... Had insisted toilet rather than minarets.
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  • September 10, 2016
    週邊是墓園, 建築有特色, 值得一看, 但不用花太多時間
  • November 29, 2012
    還可以

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