Emin Minarett - Emin Minaret

Emin Minaret, Turpan 2018

The Emin Minaret is the largest preserved ancient tower in Xinjiang and the only Islamic tower among the hundred famous towers in China. Located two kilometers east of Turpan, it was built in 1777 in honor of the heroic Turpan General Emin Khoja. It was Suleman, his second son, who built this minaret. For this reason, the minaret is also called Su Gong Ta.

The 44-meter high minaret has no stories. From the base with a diameter of 10 meters, it tapers to an Islamic dome. In the middle is a brick pillar with 72 steps that winds upwards. There are 14 openings for ventilation and lighting in different directions and at different heights.

The huge column of gray bricks and earth would be boring without the decorative patterns. But the architects used bricks to form 15 different patterns such as waves, flowers or diamonds. Also, the environment was considered. Against the azure sky, the silvery Tien Mountain and the scarlet Flaming Mountains, the minaret stands out elegantly.

Right next to the minaret is the Su Gong Ta Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Xinjiang.
The circular Emin Minaret and the Square Mosque stand in sharp contrast, without losing their harmony.


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