Banya Bashi Mosque, Sofia

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Fine calligraphy citing texts from the Koran decorates the interior of Banya Bashi Mosque. The great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, who also built the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, designed this building in 1576. It is the only remaining example of a domed roof on a cubic base in Bulgaria. Examine the aquamarine tiles covering the eastern wall, and look for a large tile with an image of the Kaaba, the most sacred place for Muslims. The building lies next to natural thermal spas, and steam rises from vents in the ground near the mosque walls. Visitors are welcome outside of prayer times. Take your shoes off when you enter. To visit Banya Bashi Mosque and other attractions in Sofia, use our Sofia trip planner .
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  • To see, only from outside as the entrance is restricted to Muslims. Neighborhood is fascinating because there are several places of worship: a Catholic Christian Church, a church, a synagogue and this mosque. Interesting to ask the locals how they can coexist with these situations different spiritual, we tried to get a gentleman who answered: "there are."
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  • One of the temple that you should visit. In each corner of the square you can find one from one different religion. If you are a woman remember cover your head your shoulders and your legs. Sinan buil...  more »
  • I haven't seen much mosques in my life so this one was really interesting. Old mosque right in the center of Bulgarian capital, just next to the sinagogue.  more »
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  • Small but quiet and clean Mosque. The man who was sitting at the entrance told me, "You can take a picture." So I could take pictures inside. It was cool inside. I could rest a while.
  • Well this is one of the few mosques in Sofia proving that for a very long time this was a pat of he Ottoman empire.
  • That is good mosque , I want to see this one mosque, I am Indian Muslim But proud of MY INDIA
  • A beautiful mosk in Sofia. There is a small reconstruction outside but no limit to access.
  • A lot of hate, just for the fact its a mosque. Historical landmark that is one of the last remnants of a long and forgotten empire.

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