Turbe Bihać

Turbe is a significant tourist attraction in Bihać, offering a glimpse into the city’s rich history. According to local legends, Turbe’s origin is intertwined with a tale of bravery and devotion. During the fierce battles to defend Bihać against the larger Austrian-Hungarian army, two pašas (high-ranking officials) lost their lives. They were laid to rest in a peaceful location across from Kapetanova Kula, the Captain’s Tower. It is said that the wife of one paša, looking out from the tower’s windows, witnessed a mystical green light (nur) above the graves, signifying the sacredness of their sacrifice.

Inspired by this event, devout believers constructed the initial Turbe using a wooden framework. Inside, two tombstones with coffins were placed, and the site was guarded by a sentinel armed with a rifle. This sacred structure dates back to the Ottoman era and was originally made of wood. However, with the arrival of the Austro-Hungarian authorities, a new St. Anthony’s Church was built on the same site, leading to the relocation of Turbe a few meters away. The current Turbe, made of Bihacite stone, was meticulously crafted by the Austro-Hungarian forces and retains its distinctive form and appearance to this day.

Although the Turbe suffered some damage during the recent war, it has been lovingly restored and stands as a priceless testament to the spiritual and cultural heritage of the Bosniak people. Together with Kapetanova Kula and the grand Catholic church, Turbe forms the historical heart of Bihać, leaving an indelible mark on the city’s identity. It serves as a poignant reminder of Bihać’s past, captured in old postcards and cherished memories passed down by the city’s older residents. Exploring Turbe allows tourists to immerse themselves in the captivating history and vibrant cultural tapestry of Bihać, connecting with the enduring traditions of the region.

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