Bulgarian Archaeologists Unearth Turkish Cemetery in 15th Century Ottoman Mosque

A Turkish cemetery, i.e. a Muslim necropolis, from the 18th-19th century has been unearthed by Bulgarian archaeologists after the municipal authorities in the central town of Karlovo initiated the archaeological excavations in the Lead Mosque (Kurshum Dzhamiya), a 15th century historical monument from the period of Ottoman Yoke (1396-1878/1912) when Bulgaria was part of the Ottoman Empire.

The long-awaited archaeological excavations of the Lead Mosque, which are expected to reveal important information about the history of the Bulgarian town of Karlovo and to pave the way for turning the mosque into a museum, have become possible after in May 2015 the Sofia Appellate Court ruled in favor of Karlovo Municipality and against the Bulgarian Chief Mufti’s Office which had sought to gain ownership of a number of inactive mosques and former Ottoman properties in municipalities with little or no Muslim population. Read more.


The Dongguan Mosque(西宁东关清真大寺) is a famous mosque. It is located in eastern Xiling City, and is the largest mosque in Qinghai province and one of the four greatest mosques in Northwest China. First built in 1379 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the mosque enjoys a long history of more than 600 years and still remains the most well preserved ancient building. 

 Architecture of the mosque combines traditional Chinese style with the local features, with grand appearance and delicate, dazzlingly inside ornaments. Now this mosque serves as an educational center and institution of higher learning for Islamism, and also is the leading mosque in Qinghai.

The picture is of a door leading to the Blue Mosque (Sulṭān Ahmet Camii) in Istanbul, Turkey, it was built in the 17th Century. One thing you notice about many of the mosques in Istanbul is that many of the entrances have these heavy iron chains. The purpose of these chains was to ensure those that entered did so in a state of humbleness. 

Legend has it that only the Sulṭān was allowed to enter the courtyard of the Blue Mosque on horseback. The iron chains made sure he would lower his head every time he entered. A deeply symbolic gesture rooted in Prophetic character; ensuring humility of the ruler in the face of the Divine.