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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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  • Simplicity seems to be the keyword to the Mosque. A beautiful building, it sports no decorations on the outside and has an elegant but lean interior. It is open to visitation outside prayer hours (in ...  more »
  • Not could visit its interior by works but is a building can be visited of way free with a foreign interesting. Located in the heart of Sofia, is outwardly visit with the free walking tour.
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  • Practically in the heart of the Bulgarian capital there is this great and interesting mosque. Not knowing what to do I just look inward from the entrance, large square-shaped room where some people were praying on her knees, there is a fountain to gush. Very large dome with 15 mt. in diameter. every day from the Minaret is the Muezzin calling the faithful to prayer.
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  • 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.
  • A historic mosque near the city centre. It's located near an archeological site that has been preserved and opened up to the public.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!