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Banya Bashi Mosque, Sofia

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • An imposing and beautifully decorated 450 year old mosque in central Sofia built over an "old" Roman bath house.  more »
  • outside and inside. One is definitely drawn to it. It is a large open space inside and peaceful and serene........passed it frequently on our walks around the city.  more »
  • Or rather plain, plain Interior. Fairly simple. Compared with the mosque have been seen in Turkey is not enough, but it is good at this in May. That hanging clothes covering the scarf and body at the entrance so owe it to wear to tour.
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  • Not very well preserved mosque but it's in the city center and the only fully functioning one.
  • I liked how voice sounds inside it. There is very cold inside so I found my right way at midday. Thank you friends...
  • Very peaceful. Not so amazing from an architectural point of view.
  • The mosque, built during Ottoman Empire time, is the only functional mosque in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is beautiful.
  • One of the only remaining mosque in the city where you can experience the city's ottoman roots.

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