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Sugong Minaret

History: Built in 1778
Distance from downtown: 0 km
Entrance fee: RMB 40
Open Hours: 8:00-16:00
* Address:  Turpan, Xinjiang
* Best visiting time: May--Oct

Sugong Minaret
Sugong Minaret
Sugong Minaret
Sugong Minaret
Sugong Minaret
Sugong Minaret
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The full name is “Eminhoja Gratitude Minaret”, and it is aslo called the “Emin Temple”. It was built in 1778 by Suleyman, the second Turpan monarch, in memory of his fater as well to express his gratitude to the Qing court for authorizing his fater, Eminhoja, as the Turpan monarch and granting the herediary official title. Eminhoja had helped the Qing court during the reigns of the Emperors Yongzheng and Qianlong to suppress the rebellion of Junggar and that led by the senior and junior Hojas. Thanks to his outstanding merits, he was conferred the titles of Fuguojun and Zhenguogong, and finally in the 24th year of the reign of Emperor Qianlong, the Turpan monarch.

The minaret is 37 meters high and built of bricks, in the unique shape of a cone, with a base 10 meters in diameter. The more astonishing thing is that there is no beam inside the minaret’ instead, a spiral staircase with 72 steps leads to the top of the minaret. People showed great wisdom in building the minaret when lumbers were not available at that time. There are 14 windows in the minaret. The bricks were laid vertically, horizontally or slantingly in 15 different patterns, which makes the minaret more beautiful. The minaret was closed to visitors in 1989 in order to preserve it. Tourists are now deprived the chance of climbing the minaret and having a panoramic view of Turpan City.

Close to the Minaret stands a mosque which has a capacity of 1,000 people. The mosque is square with an arched gateway facing the east. In the east of the worship hall stands a big arched niche, just opposite the big niche in the west. The south and north walls are connected by 20 vaults and the big hall is in the middle. Services are held in the mosque on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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