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The Emin Mosque in Turfan is the tallest monumental minaret in China

The Emin Mosque in Turfan is the tallest monumental minaret in China. Also known as Sugong Tower, the minaret was built in a simple Islamic style. It is circular, 44 meters in height, and 10 meters in diameter at the base. The mosque was built in 1779 during the Qing Dynasty in memory of the Uygur King Emin Khoja by his son King Suleiman. The large fortified mosque, raised on a platform, stands alone outside the city, devoid of any auxiliary buildings.

The prayer hall mostly borrows from the building traditions of the immediate Turban region. Unlike the mosques and mausoleums of Kashi, there is minimal sculptural and chromatic decoration inside the King Emin Mosque, which is simply adorned with arched niches carved into the plain mud brick walls. The floor is paved with square cut stone and partially covered with woven mats.

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