Banya Bashi Mosque (Bulgarian: Баня баши джамия, Banya bashi dzhamiya; Turkish: Banya Başı Camii) is a mosque in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The mosque was designed by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan and completed in 1566, during the years the Ottomans had control of the city. The mosque derives its name from the phrase Banya Bashi, which means many baths. (In the Turkish language Banyo means bath and Baş pronounced Bash means 'head' or 'main', so looking at the location it is built on, a more logical translation of the name would be 'Head of the bath mosque') The most outstanding feature of the mosque is that it was actually built over natural thermal spas; one can even see the steam rising from vents in the ground near the mosque walls. The mosque is famous for its large dome, diameter 15m, and the minaret.
Jacob Harris | Apr 1, 2018
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.
Marc Albert | Feb 24, 2018
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.
jelena jadzic | Jan 14, 2018
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.
Alexandre Pépin | Feb 4, 2018
Couldn't get in, I took a nice 360° next to it. Seems beautiful. Sure it's worth the visit
Alex Friend | Feb 14, 2018
Very pretty 16th century mosque in excellent condition inside and out.
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