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Qingjing Mosque

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The Qingjing Mosque, literally the Pure and Clean Mosque, was built in 1009 on present-day Tumen Street, covering 2,100 square meters. As the oldest existing mosque in Xiamen, even in China and well known to the Islamic world, it was designed after the mosque in Damascus of Syria and built with pure granite.

Its pointed-arch portal, 20 meters high, has three layers. The outer and middle layers are similar to the caisson ceiling in Chinese ancient architecture. The vaulted inner layer took on the architectural style of ancient Arab. It is clear that architecturally, the mosque is a combination of Chinese and Islamic styles. Standing under the vault, one can realize the time-honored cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries.

The mosque’s architecture is similar to styles of mosques in Syria’s Damascus. Major surviving structures of the mosque include the Main Gate, the Heavenly Hall and the Hall of Clarity and Virtue. The exterior design of the Main Gate features traditional Arabic Islamic style. Facing south, the magnificent door reaches 12.3 meters in height, with a width of 6.6 meters at the base and 3.8 meters at the door itself.

Heavenly Hall was formerly the major prayer hall in the mosque. However, today’s visitors will only find four stone walls and no roof. The east wall features the pointed-arched main entrance, in the middle of the west wall is a tall, arched structure where the Koran in ancient Arabic was engraved and preserved. At the northwest of the mosque sits the Hall of Clarity and Virtue, which was constructed in the Ming Dynasty.

After the roof of the Heavenly Hall collapsed during an earthquake, believers relocated to the Hall of Clarity and Virtue to pray. Presently, an imperial edict engraved in stone by Emperor Yongle (1403-1424) to protect Qingjing Mosque and Chinese Islam is still housed in the mosque.

Admission: 3RMB
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30

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