Emin (Imin) Minaret
Minaret of Turpan ruler Suleiman / Pagoda Sugun is the largest ancient Muslim tower in Xinjiang and throughout China. Emin Minaret is the most impressive architectural structure of Turfan. Emin Minaret is remarkable as a monument of Muslim architecture, it was conceived by Turfan Emin ruler in gratitude to the Chinese emperor Tsyanlun (1736-1795) for the mercy shown them. But Emin couldn’t complete the construction fails, the minaret was completely rebuilt by his son - Prince Suleiman in 1778. Minaret reaches a height of 40 meters, has a dome shape with a diameter at the base of 10 meters. The mosaic brickwork forms more than 10 different ornaments. A helical staircase is in the center of minaret, on which you can climb to the top of the building. The upper part of the minaret is a gazebo, where you can survey the neighborhood. The tower of minaret is organically combined with the Muslim Mosque, forming an unified architectural ensemble. This monument is a fine example of Uighur religious architecture, which was declared a protected monument of national importance.
The sights and touristic objects in Chinese Xinjiang:
Apak Hoja Tomb, Attractions Park, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Erdaogiao Bazaar, Flaming Mountains, Grape Valley, Hun Shan (Red Hill), Id Kah Mosque, Jiaohe settlement, Karakul Lake, Kashgar (Kashi), Kyariz (kariz) – old irrigation system, Mahmud Kashgari Tomb, Museum of Turfan History, Necropolis Astana, Safari Park (Tien Shan Reserve of Wildlife), Salt Lake, Settlement Gaochang, Several scenic areas near Urumqi, Sunday Market, Tashkurgan, The geographical center of Asia continent, Tien-shi Lake (Heaven Lake), Turpan, Tuyuk Village, Urumchi, Xinjiang State Museum