“Neša Travka” – Nis chef who creates top quality gourmet specialties direct from nature

For many years, Neša Travka has been surprising citizens of Nis and tourists with his culinary creativity  and unusual dishes. Nebojsa is a graduated eco-tourism...

New Year’s Days in Nis

This year “New Year's Days in Nis” will be held from 12/27/2021 to 01/02/2022. at three locations: King Milan Square, Stevan Sremac Square and...

Skull Tower

General information

The Skull Tower (Ćele Kula) is a monument unique in the world, visited by more than 30.000 people each year. It is the tower made of human skulls, built after the battle for liberation of Nis in 1809. This horrific monument was built as a warning to anyone rising against the Ottoman Empire. Originaly there were 952 skulls built into the tower , today there are 59 skulls remain and they still illustrate all the horror of the original tower.


Bulevar Dr Zorana Đinđića


+381 18 222 228

Opening hours

Ticket price

Adults 200,00 rsd (1.7 eur), children 150,00 rsd (1.3 eur), group ticket for all objects of National museum – 300,00 rsd (2.5 eur), group chart for all objects of the museum – pupils, students, pensioners 200,00 rsd (1.7 eur).

More info

The story about Skull Tower
After more than 400 years under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, Serbian people began to gather and organize an uprising (1804-1813). The liberation of Niš, as a strategically important location, was one of the main goals of the uprising. One of the first battles took place at Cegar Hill, 6 km from Nis.

Although the Ottomans defeated the insurgents on Cegar Hill, they were revolted with the way the Serbian insurgents finished the battle, as well as with the fact that much greater number of Ottoman soldiers got killed in this fight.

Ottoman commander of the city, Hurshid Pasha, ordered his soldiers to cut off the heads of the Serbian soldiers fallen at Cegar and to bring them to Nis. Then they gathered all skinners from the city and ordered them, under threat of death, to skin the heads of all the Serbian soldiers. The skins were filled with straw and sent to the sultan in Constantinople, and the Turks started to build the tower out of the skulls.

The construction of the tower lasted for several days. They had to build in 17 skulls in fourteen rows on the four sides of the tower, 952 skulls in total. The anger and mercilessness of the Ottoman Pasha is shown in the fact that at the end of the construction, just in order to fill the last row, he ordered 30 Serbian captives to be killed, and their heads were built in the tower without skinning. The sight was terrifying, but the effect was the opposite of what was expected, and the Skull Tower has become a symbol of resistance and struggle for freedom.

Google mapa

Galerija slika

Previous articleHow to get here Post
Next articleThe Fortress


Nišville Jazz Festival

Each summer for over twenty years, the Niš Fortress becomes a center where top musicians from the whole world perform. Since the very beginning,...



  • A: Nade Tomić 15, 18000 Niš
  • T: 018 524 877
  • E.
  • PIB: 101858962
  • M.B.: 17021117


© 2021 - TON. All rights reserved.