Skull Tower
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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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BlueNoseBrother
Edinburgh, UK657 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This macabre but very interesting historic site is definitely worth a look.
Read the story before you go so as to understand the Towers full significance.
That said, there are good information boards at the site in Bulgarian and English. There is parking nearby and the site was not busy at time of our visit.

Written 12 June 2024
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MissHK2009
Hong Kong, China5,783 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
It's one of the stops in my day tour to Nis Serbia from Sophia Bulgaria. 5-10 mins' visit here will be enough because the tower room is rather small. But one must have learned the history/ story behind the establishment of such tower before the visit, which our tour guide kindly did.
Written 8 March 2024
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Daniela Emanuel... M
Bratislava, Slovakia75 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
The exposition is super interesting, however our guide didn't speak english and gave us the commentary in Serbian which we don't understand. Fortunately, we were taken there by our serbian friends and they translated. Without it, the commentary would be totaly useless because we wouldn't understand anything. I mean, there's a table inside with english Translation of the story but if the guide doesn't speak english, you just don't need the guide and can read it by yourself. It's very interesting place though, definitely good to see
Written 27 March 2023
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bg564
Windhoek, Namibia854 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The Ćele Kula is a monument to the First Serbian uprising in 1809 and fortunately a chapel was built around it in 1892. There was a guide on site who was bilingual and she explained that the site originally had over 950 skulls but the monument had been uncovered for eighty years and families of some of the soldiers removed some of the skulls to provide a proper burial and so now there were only 58. There is a short history of the uprising and the battle against the Ottoman army on one of the walls that is comprehensive. Worth seeing but it is a small monument. It would have been ideal if the exhibit was expanded to include more information of the Ottoman occupation of the region.
Written 19 March 2023
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Les B
New South Wales, Australia990 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
In Nis we visited the Skull Tower. Interesting place to visit and learn the history. Car paring is a problem and the tour only takes about 5/10 minutes. Place to reflect.
Written 21 February 2023
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Michaela K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
I booked a tour and visited the skull tower. It was an interesting place and definitely worth visiting when being in that area
Written 5 November 2022
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Thea S
Ghent, Belgium380 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
The skull tower is a piece of history of the city of Nis and worth a visit. You can walk around the tower which is inside another building.
Written 2 November 2021
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IgorMarkovic
Smederevo, Serbia1,806 contributions
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Sept 2021
The Ćele kula Museum is a remembrance of the great sacrifice made by Serbian warriors in their fight against the Ottoman occupation of Serbia and Niš. Although the battle for Niš was lost, the intentional and man-made explosion of unimaginable scale has become a historical and legendary. If you're in Niš, make sure to visit this place, it is really thought provoking and quite emotional. All recommendations!
Written 4 September 2021
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WITY TRAVELS
166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
A 14 minute drive east from Bubanj is Skull Tower; one of the most haunting monuments in the world. The rule of the Ottoman empire over Serbia was not pleasant to say the least and the Serbian people were not just going to sit back and do nothing. In Belgrade, we saw the monument to Karađorđe. He was responsible for the First Serbian Uprising in 1804. This proved to be unsuccessful. In May of 1809 was the Battle of Čegar, here in Nis. Trenches were dug for Serbian soldiers to charge the Ottomans.

On Čegar Hill, Vojvoda (Duke) Stevan Sindjelic (Sin ja lich), the leader of this uprising dug a trench for him and his 3,000 loyal soldiers. This trench was closest to the Turks. On May 31st, the much larger Turkish army took over the trench. Sindjelic realizing no help was coming and not wanting to give the Ottomans the satisfaction of killing his men, took out his gun and blew up the gun powder reserves which created a great explosion that blew up the remaining Serbians in the trench and many of the Ottomans as well.

In this trench and the area nearby 4,000 Serbs and 10,000 Turks were killed. Even with this advantage the Serbian forces withdrew their troops. But that wasn't enough for the Ottomans. The Ottoman commander ordered his men to decapitate the dead Serbians, skill their skulls, fill them with cotton and send them to the Sultan Constantinople as a sign of their victory. With those skulls this horrific monument, skull Tower, was built. This tower stood at the entrance of the city of Nis as a warning sign of what tragedies would be in store for anyone trying to liberate themselves or defy the Ottoman rule.

The foundations of the chapel began in 1894. A plaque dedicated near the chapel in 1904 reads: "To the first Serbian liberators after Kosovo." The chapel was renovated in 1937 and a bust of Sinđelić was added the following year. The Second Serbian Uprising led by Miloš Obrenović, eventually succeeded in turning Serbia as a semiautonomous state.
Written 31 March 2021
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map&camera
Sofia, Bulgaria466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
The monument means a lot to the people of the Balkans as most of their coutries were under Ottoman rule for centuries. There was an uprising (The First Serbian Rebellion) in 1809. The rebellion was defeated and the Ottomans gathered the sculls of all 952 dead Serbian men from the battlefield and made a tower from them as a warning to any possible rebellions in the future. After Serbia gained its independence most of the skulls were buried, a little over 50 remaining in the tower nowadays. Later on a chapel was built over the remnants ot the tower.
Written 17 February 2021
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