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Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), Turpan

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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The Emin Minaret or Imin Ta 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 joined the Qing Empire for protection against the Dzungars and the Emin minaret was named after Emin Khoja. As conquerors, they ruled the local population with a light hand and were tolerant of Islam.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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  • It is sad to see an attraction built hundreds of years ago accompanied by such ill-maintained surroundings. The tower is very nice looking and its adjacent building (what you can see of it) is interes...  read more »
  • This is a beautiful example of brickwork and design. Unfortunately for the architect, the Tang Governor threw him out of the tower when it was finished to prevent him from building another one in Urum...  read more »
  • Interesting for the Interior of the mosque. Pretty setting, touristy place. The minaret is more visit...
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