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Id Kah Mosque

Kashgar's Id Kah Mosque (艾提尕尔清真寺, Ai Ti Ga Er Qing Zhen Si) in the city center is a large Islamic establishment. In 1442, a mosque was constructed here by an emperor of the Ga'er state in memory of his death close relatives. The architecture has been expanded, repaired and renovated several times to the appearance and scale that now we see.

The beautifully yellowish-brick Id Kah Mosque consists of the Prayer Hall, Koran Hall, Door Hall and Water Pool. The whole establishment takes up 16,800 square meters in area. The yellow bricks are laid and glued with gypsum; therefore, the lines of "brick-stitches" on the walls are clearly seen. The two 18m, circular-based columns each installed partly into the walls at the side of the entrance gate are built by bricks too. The small tower above the columns is for Imam (Muslim Priest) calling Islamic followers to get up and attend mosque service every morning. 

 
The ceramic pots placed by the side of a water pool in the forested courtyard are for Muslims to cleanse their flesh and souls. The Main Hall of the Id Kah Mosque is solemn and spacious, having 100 columns with artistically carvings of nice-looking, colored patterns, which go to the ceiling.

In locals' minds, the Id Kah Mosque is famous not for its grand scale but the popularity among Muslims in Xinjiang, especially in Kashgar city. Several thousand men will attend services here everyday. Approximately ten thousand men in town and from the outskirts will flock in the mosque to attend the solemnest event of the week – the Friday Mass. More than 20,000 Muslims from all over Xinjiang will come here to celebrate the annual Eid al-Adha (the Animal Sacrifice Festival).
 
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