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Tombul Mosque, Shumen
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The Sherif Halil Pasha Mosque, more commonly known as the Tombul Mosque, located in Shumen, is the largest mosque in Bulgaria and one of the largest on the Balkan.HistoryBuild between 1740 and 1744, the mosque was initially located in the north-eastern Bulgarian town's centre, but is now in Shumen's south-west parts as the town centre moved as a result of the enlargement of the town. The mosque's name comes from the shape of its dome.The mosque and the associated buildings is the largest in Bulgaria and after the Soultan Selim Mosque in the Turkish town of Odrin it is the second largest on the Balkan peninsula. The Tombul Mosque is considered to be a cultural monument of national importance.The building of the mosque was financed by Sheriff Halil Pasha who was born in the village of Madara, 17 km east of Shumen.The mosque's complex consists of a main edifice, a yard and a twelve-room extension . The main edifice is in its fundamental part a square, then becomes an octagon passing to a circle in the middle part, and is topped by a spherical dome that is 25 m above ground. The interior has mural paintings of vegetable life and geometric figures and inscriptions of Arabic, phrases from the Qur'an. The yard is known for the arches in front of the twelve rooms that surround it and the minaret is 40 m high.
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  • The Sherif Halil Pasha Mosque, more commonly known as the Tombul Mosque is the biggest building belongs to Ottoman empire located in Shumen. 
  • The word Eater above built mosque of the Pasha. On behalf of most of the Balkans except Edirne onehe'd ever seen a case not but unfortunately.
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  • We see unfortunately as scaffolds that ruin everything. And for years, they are there, what we to understand. It's a shame because as the mosque she is beautiful. When a progress?
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