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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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Bulevar Dr Zorana Dindica, Nis, Serbia
+381 18 222228
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This strange tower built by Turks to threaten Serbs back when Ottoman remained a powerful force is a poignant historic place to see. It has many actual skulls of Serbs died in the battle with Turks but were used to decorate the tower. While looked...More

Thank Suwatss
Reviewed 6 days ago

This site is about a 30-40 minute walk from the centre of Nis or you can take the 1 or 3 bus to pretty much outside. The price is 150 dinar for entrance to this one site or 200 dinar for a combination ticket that...More

Thank RBrog
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Monuments like this remind me of the painful and difficult Serbian history. Although no more than a few dozen skulls remain in the tower, erected by the Ottomans in the early 19th century to scare off the population after a failed Serbian rebellion, the tower...More

Thank Ivana J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting place with an interesting story. The tower ic hidden inside sort of a chapel. Do not expect to spend there more than 20-25 minutes. Fee is 150 dinars (1.2€)

Thank Michal138
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can buy combi ticket for 200 dinars including Niš concentration camp, The Archeological Hall & Medijana. You can take line 1 or 3 from city centre and stop at Ćele Kula. The skull tower is inside a building which is very small. It doesn't...More

Thank WaegemakersChin
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Even in modern times decapitation of your opponent is a way to elicit terror and fear. It was a cruel tactic of the Ottoman rulers as well. They erected towers from the skulls of rebel fighters at the entrance of a town or along an...More

Thank Robert937
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

We expected more of the Skull Tower. The entrance is cheap but there's basically only a small tower with skulls and a lot of holes (where there has been skulls) and some explanation on the wall. We'd appreciate more to read - about the history,...More

Thank gerjoohn
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

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 Skulls. You can buy a ticket for 200 Dinars which...More

1  Thank Jan S
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

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 visit.

1  Thank Heather00000
Reviewed 2 August 2017

The Skull Tower is a must-see in Nis, but it could have been definitely a bit better preserved. It is a bit scary to try to imagine though what it might have looked like at the time it was built. They say the skulls were...More

Thank Branka O
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