Šarena mosque was built in 1757. With its bright colors, unique and interesting lines on its exterior walls and wood carving it is considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the Balkans. It is the only one in the country for which it is believed that it contains the hair of the Prophet Mohammed. On the outer walls are unique floral motifs, and this is one of the two mosques in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where prayer is performed on the first floor, while the ground floor is for commercial.
300 years in 2005 since it was built in Travnik, the founder was Elči (ambassador-a peacemaker) Ibrahim paša, one of 77 veziers of Ottoman Empire in Bosnia. In that time Travnik was a capital of Bosnia for 150 years.
Travnik medieval fortess with its imposing structure still dominates the horizon. It defended the city from invaders for centuries. It is the best preserved and most beautiful Bosnian medieval fort built at the turn of the 14th in 15th century.
"Travnik" is located near the geographic center of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The river "Lasva" passes through the city, flowing from west to east before joining Bosna river. On hot days, a lunch at the Plava Voda (Blue Water) allows visitors to cool off, relax, and enjoy a nice meal.
You can walk along the river to get the fresh breath of the nature ... :)
On your way to Travnik, just stop your car somewhere and talk to local people ...
They have many life experinces and real stories to tell about the history of the city and the country which you cant find in history books ... :
Stari Grad which means old city, is a main attraction in Travnik, it is a steep walk up a hilll so wear comfortable shoes. The view is amazing and at only a 1km it is well worth it. One of the best places to get a view of the whole city
Ivo Andric is a famous Serbian writer who won Nobel for his famous piece of literature 'The Bridge over Drina'. His birth place (mother's parental house) is in Travnik and that has been converted into a museum. Another piece of attraction, the multicultural Bosnia takes pride from.
A great place to view the city's minarets or the imposing mountains nearby. When I visited there was an enthusiastic student working at the entrance of the fortress who gave me a 10 minute history lesson for 5KM. Sadly, I didn't take notes and can't remember much.
The covered bazar underneath the mosque building is intended to support the mosque financially. The butiks here mainly serve the daily needs of the locals since there are still few tourists take the time to visit this town.
Plava voda or the blue spring makes the Travnik town centre a popular place to meet among locals and tourists. At the visible and accessable source of this spring, you find a number of cafes and restaurants specialized with fish dishes prepared from the fish from this spring.
Turbe of : Muhidin-Zade Abdulahpaša, Seid Ali Hafiz Dželaludinpaša and Perićan Mustafapaša, which were built in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.
Take a stroll alongside the Plava Voda. There is ample outdoor seating at the cafes and restuarants and a few vendors selling souvenirs.
Regretfully, I did not go inside this mosque and have little information about it. There's little in the way of tourism info in Travnik.
As seen from the castle, the lower skyline of this small town is dotted by colorful mosque minarets.
Not accessable by the visitors, the mosque is open only in the prayer time and welcome the faithfuls. But the colorful decoration outside is visible though that need maintainance.