"Kelle Kule (Cele Kula)" Nis by Sirvictor

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Kelle Kule

Kelle Kule or as our dear neighbours the Serbs say Cele Kula was builded in 1809 by Ottoman Turkish commander in Chief of the Armies Ahmet Hurshid Pasha. Kelle means in Turkish skull and Kule is tower. For that reason it is better to name in English as " Skull Tower. Ottoman Turks ruled Serbia from 14th century till the Balkan War in 1912. Our dear Serbian citizens revolted the empire often when they were backed by Austrian Habsburgs and Charist Russia. Each time the revolt was pressed by the Ottomans. In 1802 they again revolted. Ahmet Hurshit Pasha the commander of Ottoman Turkish forces at Peleponnes was ordered to press the revolt. He came to Nish and defeated the revolting Serbs. He builded a tower four metres tall and four metres wide out of the skinned heads of the Serbian rebels to give impression to the Serbs not to revolt again. At that time it was the justice of a great power. You may find it brutal but in modern times Nazi Germany and Stalin Russia did more horrifing brutality. Our Serbian Friends must excuse us. Ours is very little againts what the germans did in WW2 in Serbia.

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A view of Nish. At the other side of the River Nivasha you see the castle build by Ottoman Turks.

  • Last visit to Nis: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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