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The Skull Tower

This monument was built after the Battle of Cegar Hill near the town of Nis (Serbia) , which was on the 31st May, 1809, between the Serbs and the Turks. A monument was built along the way to Carigrad (Istanbul), as a warning to anyone who rises against the Ottoman Empire. The tower was rectangular, wide 4.5 meters long and 4 meters long, on all four sides there were 56 rows, with 17 skulls in each line, totaling 952 skulls. Today the tower has only 58 skulls.

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About 6000 Turks and about 4000 Serbs died in that battle. Serbian leader Stevan Sinđelić knew he would lose the battle. He shot  with a gun in a barrel with gunpowder and killed Serbian soldiers, but also many Turks. For retribution, the Turkish Hursid-pasha ordered that this unique monument be made from the heads of the dead Serbs.

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In 2014, the American magazine “Mental Floss” listed the Skull Tower as the largest building made of human bones. This monument is a symbol of the struggle of the Serbian people for freedom and independence.

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  1. “… made from the heads of the dead Serbs”? Oh my! That sounds so sad. Where is the rest of their body? I know you say it’s a symbol for freedom and independence, but it seems so disrespectful to treat soldiers no matter which country they’re fought for.




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      • I have a friend in another forum who often shares info about life in Serbia. It’s a worldwide web but I don’t cross paths with very many people from Serbia who share their past, the present and thoughts of the future. You have excellent posts and you picked a good blogging platform to share your writing.




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