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Skull Tower

Bulevar Dr Zorana Dindica, Nis, Serbia
+381 18 222228
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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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  • Average19%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“small chapel” (4 reviews)
“as an example” (4 reviews)
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Bulevar Dr Zorana Dindica, Nis, Serbia
+381 18 222228
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Reviewed today

Scull tower have left les than 60 sculls of the heroic killed soldiers. No words can describe, must visit!

Thank Slobodan I
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you finally make it to the Tower you will be so angry driving through all the traffic of Nis town!!! What you'll see is a fee skulls remaining from the initial ones. I guess this is better because it wold be really awfull to...More

Thank dimmate
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its a reminder of the barbaric acts sometimes committed by armies in older times. Has skulls of soldiers as trophies. A small place but a sobering reminder

Thank sidharthdassani
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is very shocking historical monument. It is not so big, but it has big power. You can study about it in the internet, but l think the tourists had better to good with local guide.

Thank 聡 平
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tower is preserved inside a purpose built Chaple. It has a strange feeling as it is not everyday you have human skulls on display. You pay a very small fee to get in. It is worth a look.

Thank StellaLight
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

I wanted to see this from long time ago...and it's a really shocking and unique site .. it was used as an example for the others to not strike against the ottomans ... It was a tower made of stones and skulls in public to...More

Thank Babak S
Reviewed 5 December 2017

The Cele Kula in Nis,Serbia is a unique example of atrocities which humans have done and continue to do against one another.In this case it was the Turks against the Serbs..Although many of the skulls have been stolen,seeing those that are still there is very...More

Thank marianne333607
Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

Skull Tower was a nice surprise, to witness it for yourself makes a big difference, I found it interesting and would recommend anyone in Nis to do it. I got a combined ticket for 200 rsd which I think is roughly €2 which gave me...More

Thank luvbitesnbruises
Reviewed 17 November 2017

The visit lasts 2 minutes, when we went there, there wasn’t a guide and the monument didn’t have any description of its history so we didn’t catch the whole story behind it. Maybe that’s why we weren’t very impressed

Thank Eleni L
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Represent a tragic and shameful act against humanity but still say how much the Serbs have been through, it doesn’t bring back a very good memory however it make them proud, half of the tower is almost gone, its considered one of the important landmarks...More

Thank Ahmad A
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