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Nis Day Tour from Sofia
"Our guide will pick you up at 8:30am from your hotel or accommodation in Sofia. Only 45 minutes of driving will take you to the border between Bulgaria and Serbia. After another hour and a half drive crossing the wonderful Sicevo gorge you will reach Nis. Your first stop is Mediana - an ancient luxurious residence. Here you will learn about the history of the city during the Antiquity and how important was Naissos for the Romans while admiring lovely mosaics on the floor of the atrium in one of the houses of the noble people lived here.NOTE: Mediana is still closed for renovation so visitors are currently not allowed.Your next stop for the day is Cele kula or the Skull tower. Built here in 1809 after the battle of Cegar hill between the Serbians and the Ottomans
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Nis Day Tour from Sofia
"Our guide will pick you up at 8:30am from your hotel or accommodation in Sofia. Only 45 minutes of driving will take you to the border between Bulgaria and Serbia. After another hour and a half drive crossing the wonderful Sicevo gorge you will reach Nis. Your first stop is Mediana - an ancient luxurious residence. Here you will learn about the history of the city during the Antiquity and how important was Naissos for the Romans while admiring lovely mosaics on the floor of the atrium in one of the houses of the noble people lived here.NOTE: Mediana is still closed for renovation so visitors are currently not allowed.Your next stop for the day is Cele kula or the Skull tower. Built here in 1809 after the battle of Cegar hill between the Serbians and the Ottomans
From EUR57.00
 
Belogradchik Rocks and Belogradchik Fortress
"The Belogradchik massif is a group of strange shaped sandstone and conglomerate rock formations located on the slopes of the western Balkan Mountains. The rocks vary in color from primarily red to yellow and some of the rocks reach up to 200 meters in height. Many of the rocks represent fantastic shapes and are associated with interesting legends. They are often named after people or objects they are thought to resemble. The Belogradchik Rocks have been the Romans built roads across the new provinces of the empire on the Balkan peninsula as well as some fortresses to guard them. The mission of Belogradchik Fortress was to control the road from the town of Ratsiaria (nearby today’s village of Archar in the region of Vidin). The Romans constructed the highest part of the fortress called The Citadel. This one-day tour allows you to witness one of the nature wanders of Europe and learn more about the history and culture of the picturesque Northwest Bulgaria.Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After a 3-hour transfe
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Nis Fortress

Probably the main sight in Nis, is the fortress (Tvrdava). The current fortifications are of Turkish origin and were built in the early 18th century, although the history of a fortress on this site...
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HORSCHECK
Nov 14, 2009

Fortress

A large park area enclosed by the fortress walls. Plenty to do here from sitting on a shady bench and watching the world pass to childrens rides and several bars for refreshments.Spent a couple of...
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bonio
Jun 10, 2009

Art Gallery

At the entrance to the Fortress from the city centre (there's actually a second entrance on the opposite side of the Fortress from the suburbs) there's a large building with one room labelled "Serbian...
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mikey_e
Jul 06, 2007

Grave Stelae

In the centre of the Fortress you'll find a collection of grave stelae that clearly predate the end of Ottoman rule, although it is unclear whether or not the pre-date Ottoman rule entirely (I'm not...
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mikey_e
Jul 06, 2007

Buildings

The Fortress has a number of interesting buildings, none of which is really adequately explained for them to be big tourist draws. Nevertheless, it is easy to see how the grounds were used and...
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mikey_e
Jul 06, 2007

Hammam

Sadly, the Hammam at the Fortress of Nis is not a tourist site and you cannot simply enter and take pictures. Rather, it is now a café that is frequented by families (there are many cafés at the...
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mikey_e
Jul 06, 2007

The main structure

The Fortress is the most prominent tourist site in Nis and it is likely the one that draws the most visitors. The former Turkish military site is now a large park with restaurants and activities for...
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mikey_e
Jul 06, 2007

NIS FORTRESS

The Fortress rises on the right bank of the Nisava River, overlooking the area inhabited for longer than two milleniums.The extant fortification is of Turkish origin, dating from the first decades of...
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manchi
Mar 18, 2006

An oasis of peace

Almost everyone who has been to Nis chose the fortress as a "must see" recomendation, and for a good reason: it has historical significance, as well as the best view on the town :) Still, it is...
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anna-m
Dec 11, 2004

Monument to liberators

inside the fortress there is a monument to Milan Obrenovic, liberator of from the Turkish rule. it was errected in the late 1870's. It's too small and ordinary in my opinion, I think ti should be more...
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Aurorae
May 29, 2004

Stambol kapija (Istanbul gate)

The main entrance to the Nis fortress is called Stambol kapija, Stambol means Istanbul in old Serbian language. The gate is right after the main bridge over Nisava river, and inside there is a museum...
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Aurorae
May 29, 2004

fortress-cafes

Inside the fortress, on the left when you enter through the Stambol gate (main gate), there are plently of lovely cafes, whichever you choose you won't regret! They are a bit posh, but very nice...
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Aurorae
May 29, 2004
 
 
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"Nis - Serbian metropolis on the Balkan trade roads"
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"Home is where the heart is"
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"A Foray into Serbia"
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"GRAD NIS"
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Things to Do Near The Fortress

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Nis Market

There is a large market in Nis between the bus station and the fortress. Different sections sell different products. One part is devoted to fruit, vegetables and flowers, another section specializes...
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King Aleksander Monument

The monument to King Aleksander is located in King Aleksander Square. He is depicted sitting on a charging horse. King Aleksander tried to unite Serbs, Croats and Slovenes into a single state. He was...
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The Monument to Stevan Sremac

Stevan Sremac was a Serbian writer who lived in Nis from 1879 to 1892. One of Sremac's characters was a hunter called Kalca. In stories Kalca came to Nis and stayed as a guest of local man Ivko. He...
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Nis Fortress

This fortress is located on the banks of the Nisava River. The current fortress was built by the Ottomans and dates from the eighteenth century. It was built on the site of earlier Roman, Byzantine...
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The Church of the Emperor Constantine

This church is located near to the Skull tower. It is situated in a very pleasant park which was filled with people enoying the slightly cooler evening temperatures when we visited. This building is...
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The Skull Tower

Serbia was under Ottoman rule for around four hundred years and the Serbs rose up against the Ottomans to try and gain their independence on several occasions. At the Battle of Cegar in 1809 the Serbs...
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