The Status of Tuzla Mosques from the 16th and 17th Centuries
Implications of Recent Renovations for Form Continuity
The renovation of historic buildings carries a potential risk concerning the preservation or restoration of their original or earlier form and appearance. This study examines the seven historic mosques in Tuzla, and the impact of the latest interventions on their original form and appearance. At least twelve mosques existed in (Donja) Tuzla at the end of the 16th century, of which seven are still extant. Rare records testify to their foundation, maintenance, or fire damage. On the other hand, no documents on their early renovations or alterations are available. It is, however, certain that repairs, renovations, and possibly alterations were typical in the past because of deteriorating construction materials and for other reasons. The oldest records of these mosques mostly date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The work is based on many years of observation of the mosques’ architecture together with changes that have subsequently occurred, as well as available references and information concerning their past. The study shows that the interventions that have been carried out have had various outcomes, including both successful restorations of previous forms and renovations that alter earlier known designs.
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