Nanguan Mosque in Yinchuan
The Nanguan Mosque is famous for its unique, graceful structure and classical Islamic architectural style. It is also one of the most important religious sites open to the public.
Chinese Name: 南关清真寺
Opening Hours: 08:00-20:00
Admission Ticket: 10 RMB
Location: Yinchuan City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in northwestern China(中国西北部宁夏银川市)
The original Nanguan Mosque was built at the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Yinchuan Nanguan Mosque is an Arabic style Mosque located in the heart of a thriving metropolis, and is the home of the Islamic Cultural Center in Yinchuan, as well as the main location of prayer.covers an area of 2,074 m².
History of Nanguan Mosque
Toward the end of the Ming Dynasty, the mosque was originally located at the Gongbei Pavilion outside Nanguan District, and it was small in size. In 1916, the mosque was moved to Nanguan District and rebuilt into a classic, large-scale structure. During the 1960s, the mosque was completely destroyed. The Mosque was then rebuilt in 1981 to create the structure that exists today; a two-story mosque that sits on almost an acre of land.
Main Attraction of Nanguan Mosque
Its main building has two stories and a circular vault. On the second floor are a square Main Hall and balcony. The Main Hall can accommodate more than 1,300 people for worship at one time. On the first floor are a spatial shower room, a chapel, a hall of worship for women, an Arabic school, a bedroom for imam, an office, a reception room and other rooms.
The Nanguan Mosque is endowed with Islamic architectural style that is characterized by grand domes, long tines and arch doors and windows. There are five green domes on the top of this two-storey building. It is said that the biggest one in the center symbolizes the Mohammed, the prophet of Islamism, and that the other four symbolize four famous imams. The tabernacle in the hall is enchased with white marble and is engraved with the lection of Alcoran. The buildings are a mixture of elegance, gaudiness and sobriety, presenting a scene of Islamic characteristics.
How to get to Nanguan Mosque
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Take Bus 21, 23, 28, 40, 43, 305, or 307 to Changchenglu Yong’an Xiangkou(长城路永安香口)
Useful Travel Tips
- The temperature difference between day and night is striking, so the traveller is advised to bring along clothing suitable for both extremes of temperature.
- Nanguan Mosque can serve about 4000 people who are attending religious activities meanwhile.
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