Banya Bashi Mosque, Sofia

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    Banya Bashi Mosque

    by johnsakura Written Dec 8, 2003

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    Banya Bashi Mosque sofia bulgaria

    Legacy to five centuries of Ottoman rule, the Banya Bashi Dzhamiya consists of a large dome and an elegant minaret. It was designed in 1576 by Hadji Mimar Sinan, who also built the Sultan Selim Mosque in Edirne, Turkey. Loudspeakers on the minaret call the city's Muslim minority to prayer five times a day. The mosque is not officially open to the public, but it might be possible to ask a Muslim going in or out for special permission to enter. The inside is decorated with fine calligraphy, citing texts from the Koran - as the portrayal of human figures is banned in Islamic art.

    The mosque takes its name from the neighbouring Tsentralnata Banya (Central Baths) - Banya Bashi means 'a lot of baths'. The first thermal baths were built here by the Romans, although the present building, currently closed for restoration, dates from 1911. On the square in front of the baths, it is possible to taste the steaming mineral water (46°C/115°F) from public taps.

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    by tim07 Written Jul 29, 2010

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    The Mosque of the Central Baths was built in 1576. It's built of large blocks of honey-coloured stone layered with terracotta bricks. It also has a 15 m dome and a reddish minaret.

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    Banya Bashi Mosque

    by bijo69 Written Jan 1, 2006

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    This is Sofia's only working mosque. It was built in 1576 by the famous Turkish architect Hadshi Mimar Sinan. It got its name from the neary baths which have recently been excavated.

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    People praying

    by zizu Written Nov 30, 2005

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    Is possible enter inside; you have to let your shoes outdoor, and if you are a girl, you must wear a cap.

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