When people talk about mosque, minaret is the very first thought that comes to mind. However, unlike most mosques in Middle East or Arab countries, the Great Mosque of Xi'an
is completely Chinese in its construction and architectural style, except for some Arabic lettering and decorations, for the mosque has neither domes nor traditional-style minarets. Originally built in 742 AD in Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD), Great Mosque of Xi'an combined Islamic culture with Chinese traditional architecture seamlessly and became most featured and renowned mosques in China.
|Gate of the Great Mosque in Xian
||Great Mosque is still used by Chinese Muslims (mainly the Hui people) today as a place of worship.