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Xian Great Mosque
西 安清真寺 xī'ān qīng zhēn sì

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This unique mosque 清真寺 qīng zhēn sì in Xian 西安 xī'ān is also known as the Grand Mosque and the Great Mosque of Xian. The following is obtained from the information board just outside the 清 真寺 qīng zhēn sì. According to the stone tablets still housed inside the mosque compound, this place of worship was established during the Tang Dynasty 唐代 táng dài in 742CE. The mosque 清 真寺 qīng zhēn sì was improved upon in the following dynasties namely the Song 宋代 sòng dài , Yuan 元朝 yuán cháo, Ming 明代 míng dài and Qing 清朝 qīng cháo.

The mosque 清 真寺 qīng zhēn sì covers a total area of 13,000 square metres and is divided into four courtyards. The Imperial Hall in the third courtyard is the oldest structure here. The "Introspection Tower" - the tallest building in the compound - serves as the minaret for azan, the call for prayers.
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