Dongguang Mosque (Qingzhen Dasi)

Xining, China

The Dongguang Mosque (Qingzhen Dasi) is a beautiful example of the architecture during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD). It is still used as place of worship and Muslims gather in large numbers at the central public square of the mosque for daily prayers. It does not have the typical Islamic architecture. Instead it looks more like a Chinese folk-style structure with its square walls and central dome. With a capacity of over 10000 worshippers at a time, the Mosque is the most prominent Islamic education centers in the province. It is also a popular place for social interaction.

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