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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  • It roots to 16th century. It's not the best and/or the big one, but out of Muslim countries it is one of the good protected one. You may find a simple but good interior as well.  more »
  • Do not hasten with too many attractions in Sofia, there is perhaps no other mosque in the city. In a central location.
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  • It is the great mosque of Sofia (do not know if there are more) and unfortunately were reforms by its exterior, a little despite its architectural style.
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  • A very well maintained and old mosque designed by a famous architect. Interesting because you can see this mosque, a synagogue, and a Catholic church from this location. There are head wraps for ladies to borrow before entering and a comfortable place for all to remove shoes. I saw a lady inside with her coat hunched over her head. I highly recommend showing more respect for this actively used mosque and wear head coverings correctly when entering. Otherwise, enjoy it from the outside and move along.
  • A small mosque in the ethnic part of Town. It was designed by the Michelangelo of the Ottoman Empire. The inside is smaller than you would expect and tastefully decorated. As is normal for mosques women must have their heads covered and everyone must remove their shoes before entering. Photography was permitted.
  • The place looks nice. It is in contrast of all others Christian places in here. The entrance is free, but people who work there could be a bit more polite. Because of it we did not get in, but I assume that it looks nice.
  • Couldn't get in, I took a nice 360° next to it. Seems beautiful. Sure it's worth the visit
  • Very pretty 16th century mosque in excellent condition inside and out.
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