The Skull Tower

A cultural monument of exceptional importance from the time of the First Serbian Uprising was built by the Turks from the built-up heads of the killed Serbian insurgents after the Battle of Čegar as a sign of revenge. Hurshid-pasha, ordering the Serbian insurgents oldiers „ćurčijama“ to skin their heads and fill their skins with cotton, sent them to the sultan in Constantinople as a sign of victory. The tower left a painful impression on the inhabitants of Niš, and at night, they were secretly removing the skulls from the walls and buried them in the cemetery. Primarily there were 952 skulls built on the tower, and today only 58 of them remain. With the voluntary contributions of the whole of Serbia, a chapel was built, which still exists today.