Emin Minaret, 3km (2 miles) east of central Turpan
is an architectural delight. Construction of this religious tower
and mosque complex began in 1777 at the request of the then ruler
of Turpan Emin Khoja. The circular tower, designed by a Uighur architect,
is 44 meters (144ft) high.
It is made of sun dried bricks and is decorated
with delicate geometric and floral patterns. The adjoining mosque
has a latticed ceiling and a domed sacred space, all supported by
wooden pillars. From the top of the mosque there is a good view
of the surrounding vineyards and mountains.