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Skull Tower, Nis

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Standing 4 m (13 ft), Skull Tower features human skulls built into a wall. As the 1809 Battle of Čegar was coming to an imminent end for the grossly outnumbered Serbian army, the commander Stevan Sinđelić shot at a magazine of gun powder, killing the remaining soldiers from both sides. To commorate the victory, the Ottoman leader ordered decapitation of all 952 fallen Serbian soldiers. The heads were skinned, stuffed, and built into a wall. Today, you can see the construction in a museum building. Only 54 skulls remain, as many were stolen and buried by family members, and others have been destroyed over time. If you wish to hear the entire story, seek out a guide at the site. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Nis holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Skull Tower and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Its very cheap to enter the Skull Tower. Unfortunately you cannot take photos inside. You get a guide who explains everything but there is only 58 Skulls left to see. Before there were around 930 Skul...  more »
  • Memorial of the Serbian uprising against Turkish rule. We remain fascinated by discovering how the worst atrocities reinforce the desire for freedom
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  • A really strange place with an interesting history. If you get the number 3 bus it is really easy to get to. It's only a small place that will take you a few minutes to walk round but it's worth a vis...  more »

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