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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  • The Emin Minaret is beautiful - but there’s not much to see and it’s out of the way from many of the other points of interest. It doesn’t take long for the visit.  more »
  • The dominating minaret and its delicate brickwork is the star of this site. However, another interesting feature is a pointed arch mihrab which faces the direction of Mecca. It is framed by a series o...  more »
  • This small minaret and mosque on the outskirts of Turpan is decorated with intricate and varied patterns, making it well worth a short visit. The driver we had hired for the day took us here after the...  more »
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  • Nice place nice, Minaret of 1770 Afghan style is located in a beautiful setting amidst vineyards we were there in the morning and it was quiet and a nice place
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  • 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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  • 週邊是墓園, 建築有特色, 值得一看, 但不用花太多時間
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