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Sofia's Sinan-Designed Mosque

These days Sofia is a city more known for its multi-domed Orthodox churches than its Islamic architectural heritage, but the city does boast one Ottoman-era structure that you... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Raymond W
Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Square of Tolerance in the centre of Sofia consists of a Mosque, a Synagogue, a Catholic Cathedral and an Orthodox Church. The Banya Bashi Mosque is the only mosque in Sofia . It is ancient and well preserved/renovated and dates from the Ottoman era and built around thermal mineral spas and baths. Regular prayers are held here. For muslim... More 

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Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These days Sofia is a city more known for its multi-domed Orthodox churches than its Islamic architectural heritage, but the city does boast one Ottoman-era structure that you should not miss: the Banya Bashi Mosque, designed by the master Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan. This man was the greatest architect in the history of Turkey, making this building an unexpected treat.... More 

Thank Raymond W
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

The outside of the mosque do not do justice to the beauty contained inside. It's a place that offers tranquility and space for you to just sit there quietly absorb the beauty and gather your thoughts at the same time.

Thank Shah211
Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

a Muslim mosk, full of immigrants there, be careful, sometimes they are aggressive, inside and around the mosk the Muslims during prayers occupy all the surrounding place, nice outside , nothing special inside

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

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 the winter, the door is covered to protect from the cold but visitors are still welcome.

Thank R_TheReader
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Don't be intimidated and go inside! Especially if you've never been in a mosque before. This was one of the highlights of our trip and actually outweighed all of the other religious buildings we saw in Sofia. There are apparently very few muslims left in Sofia, but this building is still well-preserved and iconic in the city center. Through the... More 

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Reviewed 12 December 2016

Very nice mosque in the city center! It is amazing how in one area of the city you can find a mosque, orthodox christian church, catholic church and synagogue - love that mix and spirit of Sofia!

Thank KarolaRS
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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

The mosque is the onliest in Sofia. Outside you could see some ruins of old Turkish bath. Nowadays this place is so crouded, whole day could meet many emigrants from Arabic countries. If you aren't Muslim, better not going in.

Thank ZhivkoZh
Andover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

Would have been good to get inside- which is allowed-but not when we were in the area. Mosque, Catholic Church, Synagogue co-exist happily in Sofia.

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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Untimely visit, its minaret and main mosque is undergoing renovation when we visited Sofia. Standing still above the ruins of the ancient city of Serdika and sitting side by side with the Synagogue, Orthodox and the Catholic church in the opposite blocks, these places of worships reminds us that religions and ancients civilzations have helped shape the world making mankind... More 

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