The earliest records of Tolisa are from the 13th century: "Tera Tolis" (Greek, Latin: muded land.)
Tolisa is the home of the first civil elementary school in Bosnia and Hercegovina, founded in 1823 by parish priest friar Ilija Starčević. The largest Catholic church in Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in Tolisa, constructed from 1864 to 1881.
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