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Great Mosque of Xi'an

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The minaret of the Great Mosque.

The Great Mosque of Xi'an (in Chinese : 西安大清真寺) is a mosque located in the Muslim quarter of Xi'an in China. It is the oldest mosque in China, it was built in 742.

Part of the Great Mosque.

The Great Mosque of Xi'an is the largest of the Chinese mosques. It occupies an area of 12000 m² and it has four courtyards and buildings surrounded by gardens. The fourth courtyard contains the prayer hall. Inscriptions in Chinese and Arabic, calligraphy, images of plants, birds and other objects appear on the walls of the buildings. Its architecture is a mixture of traditional Chinese and Muslim styles.

The Great Mosque of Xi'an is an important tourist site. It is listed on the Unesco World Heritage.