President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias and Serb President Boris Tadic will jointly inaugurate the landmark Nebojsa Tower in Belgrade on April 29, where Greek independence struggle hero Rigas Velestinlis (also known as Ferraios) was put to death by Ottoman Turkish authorities in 1798.
Nebojsa Tower has recently undergone renovation that was funded by Greece and the municipality of Belgrade. The restoration work was carried out over two years and cost 1.8 million euros. The Greek state, via the Greek foreign ministry international developmental aid service ‘Hellenic Aid’ has paid 1.38 million euro toward the project.
The tower will serve as a museum exhibit site featuring exhibits related to the life and work of Rigas Feraios and also to the Serbs own struggle for independence from Ottoman rule. The second storey of the four-storey tower will be devoted to Feraios and the Greek revolution.
Other exhibits will focus the tower’s use as a prison at the end of the 18th and the start of the 19th centuries.
Nejbosa Tower is a medieval structure built by Hungarians on the ruins of an older Roman tower dating from the 1st century A.D. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times in its history. Rigas Feraios was imprisoned there for roughly seven months before he was put to death by Turks, becoming one of the first martyrs of Greece’s struggle for independence. (source: ana-mpa, N. Pelpas)