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Skull Tower

Bulevar Dr Zorana Dindica, Nis, Serbia
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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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Bulevar Dr Zorana Dindica, Nis, Serbia
+381 18 222228
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Reviewed June 4, 2017

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 in the world. Expect to spend...More

Thank iakobski
Reviewed May 23, 2017

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.

Thank Tina T
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Reviewed May 13, 2017 via mobile

There really is not much to see but it has historical value and is interesting enough. About a 40 min walk from Niš centre

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Reviewed May 13, 2017

Cele Kula - 'Skull Tower' in English - was a bit of a disappointment, not that I was sure I wanted to see a towering edifice of human skulls. It's not a tower any more, and most of the skulls have been taken. What you...More

1  Thank FearfulFlyer2
Reviewed May 11, 2017

Monument is unique, scary, educative and like a story from Game of Thrones. It's a lesson of what is needed to free a nation and what sacrifice was done from muslims conquerors.

Thank Nikola J
Reviewed May 2, 2017

The story of how the tower came to be is one steeped in history and very interesting. We visited Nis mainly for this reason. The Skull Tower is a few kilometres from Nis and buses do run often. We had good weather so walked it,...More

1  Thank James C
Reviewed April 19, 2017 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...More

Thank MrThomas1981
Reviewed April 18, 2017

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
Reviewed April 18, 2017

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...More

Thank alexandramaximovic
Reviewed April 8, 2017 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.

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