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Aitida Mosque

Aitida Mosque (Id Kah Mosque) is situated in the center of the Kashi City, Xingjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It ranges the largest mosque in China with an area of 16,800 square meters, and could hold 10,000 prayers at the same time. It is also renowned for its long and glorious history, which has the history of more than 550 years.
The building complex comprises the Hall of Prayer, the Doctrine-Teaching Hall, the gate tower, a pond and some other auxiliary structures. Among them, the gate tower is the most eye-catching one for its exquisite design. The tower on the top of the gate is the place where the imam would call out loudly at dawn to wake up the Muslims and summon them to attend service. Many trees, flowers and a pond are in the courtyard, and the pottery pots on the pond's bank are used to clean the Islam believers' bodies. Pass through the courtyard is the main hall, in which one hundred carved wooden columns supporting the hall's ceiling. It is a magnificent building.
Altogether there are 36 Halls of Scripture on both the south and north sides of Id Kah Mosque. Every Friday afternoon more than 6,000 Moslems come to worship here, and it is one of the liveliest places during the Korban festivities.

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