The Turalibey Mosque was built in the period between 1548 and 1572 in Tuzla. Turalibey, the founder of the Mosque, built many monuments in Tuzla, and he is generally considered to be the founder of the urban development of the city. The mosque was built of stone, with a stone minaret, single-space planning basis and a wooden roof, however, it is known for its the dome-shaped vault, which is a rare stylistic feature of the Bosnian mosques.
Eventually the mosque was badly damaged due to the sinking soil which led to the tilting of walls and minaret. For that reason the Turalibey Mosque had to be completely reconstructed. The reconstruction project has been done in 2007 by architects Ruben Coal, the winner of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and his colleague Husein Dropic. The new project has a contemporary look, but still retains the authentic elements of the old mosque.
In 2005, Turalibey Mosque, along with the harem and turbe, became a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This mosque near the city of Tuzla is thought to have been built around 1701. It is not directly recognizable as a mosque, since it features a pointed roof and is primarily constructed with adobe white-washed walls. Its simplicity is what makes it beautiful. It's set in a simple green garden and its appearance isn't unlike that of a countryside dwelling or cottage. The inside is simple, with a high ceiling and minimal wall decorations, which gives it a quaint charm. Its wooden minaret makes it an architecturally rare construction; it is symbolic of rural Bosnia’s simple and peaceful way of life.
Tuzla in one of Europe's most interesting destinations. The city is the seat of Tuzla Canton, and its beautiful parks and fascinating monuments have attracted visitors from all over the world.
Thanks to it unique ecosystem, Tuzla is home to Europe's only salt lake, right in the city's central park. Here you'll find the remains of an ancient lake-dwelling settlement, dating back to Neolithic times.
Nearby there's also the town of Banovici, the only place in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a functional steam engine. This train is still active, and regularly used by Banovici's mining and metal industries.
The are many historical sites to discover, such as the open-air museum Etno Avlija Mackovac, the medieval town of Srebrenik, and Gradacac, the former headquarters of Captain Husein Gradascevic (known as the dragon of Bosnia). Tuzla is the cultural center of northeast Bosnia.