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Banya Bashi Mosque, Sofia

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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2.8/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • Externally not nice and we couldn't get it because they're doing construction.
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  • Visited it pre-renovation, not sure if it was in need of a facelift, small mosque with an amazing history, the only Mosque in Sofia... Visited between prayer times and got to pray in the mosque by mys...  read more »
  • This is now the only functioning Mosque in Sofia and is a good example of Ottoman architecture. It is currently undergoing renovation although you can still see some of the original features. When I f...  read more »
  • A person says that in the reviews "Why is this even there?!?" I condemn him/her. We keep alive the churches in Turkey. We don't damage them. In Turkey, there are a lot of churches and most of them are open. I request him/her to be more respectful and tolerant.
  • Alhamdulillah we are muslims ,and Elhamdülillah we can find mosques at everywhere ,and the world is a big masjid for us . Thanks Ottoman empire because they did many things for Islam. But unfortunately we the people who live at akhiir zaman has forgot our religion. May Allah make us awake.
  • The mosque is beautiful but I spent quite a while trying to figure out whether women were allowed inside. Regardless of that, it was astounding and definitely worth a visit!
  • Thank Allah we can pray for Allah when I come to Sofia I always go and pray there,it is in the centre of Sofia ruhuna el fatiha to Architect Sinan,thanks Architect Sinan and Kanuni Sultan Süleyman.
  • Very nice mosque in the city center! It is amazing how in one area of the city you can find a mosque, church and synagogue - love that mix and spirit of Sofia!
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