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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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  • The title is the literal name of the mosque, not because there are more bathrooms but because of the baths which are located behind the building to access it (there are no schedules, you must be lucky) will make you take your shoes off the Interior is nice, in the traditional architecture of mosques, devoid of furniture and finely decorated walls
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  • Old mosque designed by the same architect who designed the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Striking building, surrounded by other temples and gardens.
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  • I had never been before in a mosque, got a guy there explained that he was doing the prayer but if we returned after 14.00 we could enter, the Interior has beautiful colors and the stained glass Windows are nothing short of spectacular, to visit
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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!