Qingjing Mosque : The Oldest Mosque in China

Here’s The Oldest Mosque in China

Qingjing Mosque or also known as Ashab Mosque is confirmed as the oldest mosque in China that has been built in the Tong Dynasty era (960-1279 AD).

The mosque is located in the center of Tumen Road in Quanzhou which is one of the main ports of Chinese foreign trade and attracts many Arabs to come.

Qingjing Mosque
Qingjing Mosque

Citing whatsonxiamen reports, the mosque that has been built and renovated by Arab Muslims reflects brotherly ties and cultural exchanges between China and Arab countries.

Qingjing Mosque
Qingjing Mosque

Mimicking a mosque in Damascus, Syria, qingjing mosque was built in 1009 and is now the oldest Arabic-style mosque in China.

This magnificent mosque covers an area of 2,500 square meters and has gates, Fengtian Hall and Mingshan Hall.

In the South, the gate of the mosque is made of diabase, white granite and consists of four arch bridges. Many gate domes are carved with lotus patterns, which symbolize respect for chastity and purity.

Qingjing Mosque : The Oldest Mosque in China
Qingjing Mosque : The Oldest Mosque in China

Each lotus carving is surrounded by lines that add depth to the carving. A space in one of the mosque’s minarets allows researchers to see the hilal and decide when Ramadan begins.

To the east of the gate are two inscriptions recording the reconstruction of mosques in the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) and the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

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Another stone inscription is located right near the gate, which is carved to write the memorial of the imperial period of Zhu Di – the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty.

He deployed this memorial to protect mosques and Muslims in China

Qingjing Mosque
Qingjing Mosque

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