Teslić (Cyrillic Теслић; German outdated Teslitsch) is a small
town in the north of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Republika Srpska.
Teslić is a relatively young town that emerged with
industrialization in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of the 19th
century. Under the rule of Austria-Hungary, the timber industry in
Teslić emerged with the construction of the Destiliacija, a company
for turpentine distillation and the processing of wood. The
narrow-gauge railway line (760 mm) Pribinić – Teslić was used to
transport the wood. A forest railway in the Usora valley and the
surrounding area (largest extension to Banja Luka) supplied the
Destiliacija production facility with logs and stumps. In addition
to the wood industry, there was also a chemical industry that dealt
with the conversion of natural raw materials into synthetic raw
Since 1919, Teslić has also been a tourist destination thanks to the establishment of the Banja Vrućica spa. Teslić was one of the most important economic centers in Bosnia and Herzegovina until the late 1950s. Today the economy in Teslić is concentrated on wood production, milk production, clothing industry and electrical industry.
From the 7th century until the reign of Časlav
Klonimirović, the parish of Usora was part of the independent
Serbian state. Since the reign of the Bosnian ban Kulin (1170-1204),
the ruling religion in Bosnia has been Bogomilism. Bogumilism was
almost completely lost by the 15th century. The most significant
monuments from that time are the stećak tombstones, of which there
were many in these areas, in the whole of Gomjenica and in the area
The urban center of Teslić itself was built with the arrival of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, in the last decade of the 19th century. Before the city was built, there was no settlement in that place, and the field itself was called Tabor-polje. Places around today's Teslić, such as Čečava, Banja Vrućica and Pribinić, are far older than the town of Teslić. Some of them date back to the Middle Ages.
Teslić is also known as a tourist destination, mainly because of the Vrućica Spa, which treats cardiovascular diseases. With a complex of five hotels and a capacity of more than 1,000 beds, Banja Vrućica is one of the largest tourist facilities in the Republika Srpska, BiH. The nearby mountain Borja is also important, with two hotels and sports facilities.