Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia Mosque, Sofia, Bulgaria

The only major mosque remaining in Sofia after the Ottoman Empire was ousted, this very handsome structure dates to 1576. The name, Banya Bashi, means “many baths” and refers to the most unusual feature of the Mosque, that it was built over hot springs. In cold weather steam can still be seen to rise from the vents around the mosque walls.

Today it is the only operating mosque in the city. Next door is a small garden which offers some welcome shade from the summer heat.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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