The Niujie Mosque was built in 996, it is the largest and oldest mosque in Beijing, where is the spiritual center for the city's Muslims.
Niujie (Ox Street) is located in Xuanwu District, where is the largest area inhabited by Muslims in Beijing. The mosque covers an area of over 6000 square meters, it has the prayer hall, the Bangge Lou (minaret), a six-cornered moon observatory tower, and two pavilions with stone steles. The Niu Jie Mosque is based on Chinese traditional wooden palaces structurally, but towards to Mekka, the holy land of Islam, and with a typical Arabic-style of decoration.
It was a place open to Muslims only, the hall has the capacity for a few thousand worshippers. Muslims come to here for church service every Sunday.