Culture, customs and traditions - history through the ages
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Monument of Liberators of Nis

The monument dedicated to the Nis liberators is located in the center of the city, "King Milan" Square. It presents the period of wars for liberation waged against the Turks, Bulgarians, and Germans. The monument contains inscriptions on the four most significant years of this period: from 1874 till 1877 –the period of the fight for liberation from the Turks, and 1915 - 1918 – the beginning of occupation and the liberation of the city in World War I. The monument is made of black marble and has a broad base with four reliefs, a bronze sculpture and a high pedestal whose lower part exhibits figural compositions of soldiers fighting. At the top of the monument there is a natural size horse rider – Herald of Liberty, holding a flag with a sign "SSSS" (in translation: only the assent will safe the serbs). The monument was presented to the public on 28 June 1937, on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Nis from the Turks. This monumental sculpture is one of the most significant creations of the modern Yugoslav art, made by the well known sculptor Anton Augustincic. It has been protected by the law as a part of the national heritage sinse 1983.