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. Use our Sofia itinerary builder to add Banya Bashi Mosque and other attractions to your Sofia vacation plans.
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  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • August 14, 2017
    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 »
  • August 12, 2017
    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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  • July 3, 2017
    Not very well preserved mosque but it's in the city center and the only fully functioning one.
  • June 1, 2017
    I liked how voice sounds inside it. There is very cold inside so I found my right way at midday. Thank you friends...
  • April 16, 2017
    Very peaceful. Not so amazing from an architectural point of view.
  • April 13, 2017
    The mosque, built during Ottoman Empire time, is the only functional mosque in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is beautiful.
  • April 3, 2017
    One of the only remaining mosque in the city where you can experience the city's ottoman roots.

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