East meets West in Zenica

Zenica may not be as popular as other cities in Bosnia & Herzegovina, but don’t let that fool you.

Zenica is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination. Zenica has many beautiful cultural monuments.

The Austrian faucet stands out for its beauty. It is made of white hewn stone, with two pipes and two troughs, opposite. The faucet was officially opened on May 30, 1910 at 10 a.m., in memoriam of  the passage of the Austrian emperor Francis Joseph through Zenica. It is located in Čaršija square formerly called Meitash. Water was supplied from the water supply system.

Since 2001, the Austrian faucet model has become Zenica’s main souvenir. The Austrian faucet is popularly referred to by different names: city fountain, old and horse-drawn. Equine because the pipes have the shape of horse heads.

But, just next to it there is a beautiful Sultan Ahmeds mosque. Available historical documents suggest that this mosque was built by Sultan Ahmed on the foundations of the Sultan Suleiman Mosque in 1720.

There is no information on the mosque until 1872, when the mosque was restored after a catastrophic flood, and the mosque was given a distinctive appearance that has been retained to this day, which can be deduced from the architecture and material from which it was built.

This mosque had a very significant enlightenment and cultural role in Zenica, and for this reason a great deal was invested in its maintenance. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has been designated a National Monument.

In just one small place you have the mix of two biggest cultures that ruled over Bosnia & Herzegovina.