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 in the Balkans.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 Sultan 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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  • An old mosque. It's care but community. Small Garden and dimmed in the Congregation. Very warm people.
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  • I was very disappointed by the conditions of the mosque, which is being renovated, presents everywhere scaffold building which prohibit to see its beauty in its entirety.
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  • Built in 1744, the mosque which is said to be the largest in Bulgaria is currently under renovation. You can still visit (from 9am to 6pm) and appreciate the interior decor and wall paintings. A beaut...  more »
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  • The biggest mosque in Bulgaria and the second largest on the Balkan peninsula, build in 1774 , this complex include several buildings, very unique design not like other mosques, while my visit it was under maintenance, also it is one of the 100 top visited sites in Bulgaria
  • Don't understand why this is one of the 100 tourist objects. Nothing to see here.
  • The largest mosque in Bulgaria. Place to visit if you are interested of this kind of art and history
  • Interesting monument with a perfect acoustic :)
  • It is with scaffolding, certainly is a beautiful mosque that needs some care... "Saves it a family" and we could be there to our wide... Thing that does not seem right... If someone comes without much respect... That Yes, very nice and friendly family... They explained to us in English everything you wanted to know
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