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Cele Kula

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Address: Bulevar Dr Zorana Dindica, Nis, Serbia
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It dates from a time when Ottoman soldiers were growing increasingly tired...

It dates from a time when Ottoman soldiers were growing increasingly tired of Serb rebellions against their rule. After quelling one such uprising in 1809, Ottoman troops decapitated 952 fallen Serbs and built the short, square tower out of the Serbs' heads. While the Ottomans intended it to serve as a warning to the local population, within a few years the Serbs had managed to rid their lands of the Ottoman occupiers, and they preserved the Skull Tower as a memorial to the sacrifice of the early Serb nationalists.

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A touching story

It is indeed a touching story. The place itself is worth a visit. You could buy combined ticket a see few other attractions as well.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The skull tower is interesting and worth a look whilst in Nis, particularly if you have the combination ticket from the Red Cross camp or one of the other sights. It doesn't take too long to look around and the single information board got quite crowded with lots of people clamouring to read. People had mentioned the reduced number of... More 

Thank MrThomas1981
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is indeed a touching story. The place itself is worth a visit. You could buy combined ticket a see few other attractions as well.

Thank Svetko_Jimmy
Belgrade, Serbia
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ćele kula is a reminder of how people can be cruel in the most horrific ways. This is a small sight, outside of city center. A tower with, initially, almost a 1000 skulls, now only about 50 of them remained. A small chapel was built around it, for protection. You can see that the skulls are real, and only imagine... More 

Thank alexandramaximovic
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103 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're in Nis then this is worth a visit simply because it is so unusual. It only takes a couple of minutes to see, so don't travel from too far away. It's small and a bit out of the town centre.

Thank Andy n
Levice, Slovakia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had small problem to find a ticket office - is before the small bridge close to the free parking place.

Thank Martin J
Sofia, Bulgaria
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I know that many people are died in wars but when you read a story or see only monument it's easy to understand but when you see the real skulls you can feel the real fear, you see that they were real people - every skull is different. You must see this.

Thank Georgi D
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45 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have known about Cele Kula before I went to see it and thought I was prepared. The moment I stepped in was like I was in different world, it was just hard to believe what i was seeing and what the tour guide was talking about. This place is a sacred place for every Serb and should be visited... More 

Thank TravelSer8
Galway, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Chilling, haunting monument to the inhumanity mankind is capable of; was capable of 200 years ago, is still capable of today. To visit Nis and not to see Ćele Kula (The Skull Tower) would be the equivalent of being in New York and bypassing the abyss-like pools of Michael Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” the haunting memorial to the thousands killed in... More 

Thank SilapInua
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

If you are not from the Balkans, Cele Kula is one unique cruel chapter of the history of this beautiful region which was under oppression of the Ottoman empire for several centuries...I hope history don't ever repeat in tht way

Thank Elfita
Nis, Serbia
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This unique monument in the world was created as a consequence of the major battles of Čegar. Skull Tower is a monument from the First Serbian Uprising, which was in retaliation by the Turkish government in Serbia built from the skulls of dead Serbian soldiers, led by Stevan Sindjelic, in the battle of Čegar. Located at 4 km from the... More 

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