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Minaret of Xi'an, China
Minaret of Xi'an, China
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Minaret of Xi'an is the minaret of the Great Mosque of Xi'an, the oldest and most renowned mosque in China. It is located in the city of Xi'an, in Shaanxi Province. As with the mosque, it was built around AD 742. The design of the Minaret of Xi'an is not typical of minaret design. Due partly to it being so old, it was built before Muslim architectural style was widely adopted in China. Hence the minaret is in the form of a Chinese three-tier pagoda. Apart frojm some Arabic inscriptions, the minaret is devoid of the usual Arabic elements.

A replica of the Minaret of Xi'an can be found at Taman Tamadun Islam, an Islamic-themed monument park in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.

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