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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. Use our Nis itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Skull Tower and other attractions in Nis.
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  • The skull tower is quite small and many of the skulls are no longer there, but this is an essential site to visit in Nis. Plenty of information in English about how it came about. The tower is unique ...  more »
  • More than a historical monument, placed in a nice park, dressed with a sense of an older century. Ode to sacrify and revolution but also a monument against war.  more »
  • There really is not much to see but it has historical value and is interesting enough. About a 40 min walk from Niš centre  more »