A fearsome monument to the tyrannous wrath of the Turks, the skull tower represents an important part of the story of Turkish rule here. After 400 odd years of turbulent governance, and many bloody battles, the Turks were getting a little sick of the Serbs' unrepentant resistance. Following the massacre at Čegar, the Turkish (emperor) ordered the Serbian dead decapitated. Then, as a gory and graphic deterrent the skulls were built into a tower, a few kilometres from the centre of Niš. Starting with 952 heads, only 58 remain - the tower having been plundered by desperate relatives trying to find their loved ones for burial. The errie remnants of the tower remain spooky and mysterious; some have reported a strange and holy aroma around the site, although the courageous souls of the would be liberators lie 15km away in the hills at Čegar. As history tells it, the tower was erected in vain; Niš was liberated less than a generation later, in 1878.
Winter opening hours (1st November - 1st April): Tuesday - Friday 09.00-16.00, Saturday and Sunday 10.00-14.00), closed on Monday. Summer opening hours (1st April - 1st November): Tuesday - Friday 08.00-20.00, closed on Monday.