Shanghai Songjiang Mosque

As one of the oldest mosques in Shanghai, the Songjiang Msoque, originally called Zhenjiao Mosque, is located in Songjiang District of Shanghai. It was first established in Zhizheng reign during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and rebuilt in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in 1391. Then Songjiang Mosque went through several renovations during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It also a another branch in Middle Mountain Road of Songjiang District.

Songjiang Mosque presently covers an area of 4,900 square meters. It was constructed to be a temple in the mixed styles of Islamic and Chinese traditional palace. There are many architectures of Yuan and Ming Dynasties remained for the time of its construction.

Songjian Mosque was built to face to the northern direction. Main buildings of the mosque include a main hall, a prayer niche, a corridor, two sermon halls, and a bathroom. In the east of the mosque stands the Bunker building, or called Xuanli Tower, is the place where Muslims do prayer. The tower is a classic Arabic architecture with ridges and dome roofs crossed. Exquisite brick carvings could be found on the wall. Opposite to the tower and in the west of the mosque, tourists can easikly find the prayer hall. It is divided into the front and the back prayer halls with characteristics of Ming and Yuan architectural styles respectively.

Architectures in Songjiang Mosque have great historical and artistic values. Not only because Songjiang Mosque is an outstanding representative of a mixture of Islamic and Chinese traditional architecture, but also Muslims can do prayer with the locals or take a look around the gardens inside to enjoy its artistic architectures and peaceful atmosphere.
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