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Islam Mosques

Islam was introduced into China during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) and the Islamic mosques built at that time inherited the Arabian style, featured vaulting roofs and tall thin minarets.

Later influenced by Han culture, the mosque architects absorbed traditional Chinese architecture essence and had the palace structures and timberwork added to mosque buildings. Although not as notable as Buddhist and Taoist temples, Islam mosques in China, the mixture result of Chinese and Arabian architecture styles are witnessing the cultural exchange between these two countries. Famous mosques include Niujie Mosque in Beijing, Great Mosque in Xian, Southern Mosque in Urumqi, Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar and Dongguan Mosque in Xining.

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