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Skull Tower, Nis

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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  • A very strong place, about how to turn the symbol of intimidation into a symbol of the price of freedom of the Serbian people.
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  • Be sure to visit when you are in Niš. A very important historical monument for the Serbian cultural heritage. You should see
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  • Skull tower is unique place, definitely worth visit, entrance cost 200 dinars. Be careful, opening hours are different than on Google. Monday closed, Tuesday-Friday 10:00-16:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-15:00. You buy ticket in the house before the bridge. Enjoy!
  • One of the most famous monuments in Serbian history. I learned about it, read about it, when I saw it I was speechless. If you are visiting Nis, this is a monument you MUST see. It has really sad, tragic and, at the same time, horrifying background story.
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