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    Pius Church
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  • City Hall and Equestrian Statue by night
    City Hall and Equestrian Statue by night
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    Szechenyi ter

    by HORSCHECK Written May 17, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Szechenyi ter is the main square in Pecs' historic city centre. It is probably the starting point of every touristy exploration of the city as it is home to several sights and monuments. During the middle ages the square served as the market place of the town.

    I have described some sights of the square in seperate "Things to do" tips. Among them are the Mosque Church of Gazi Kasim Pasha, the Statue of the Holy Trinity, the Church of the Hospitaller Brothers and the Zsolnay Fountain.

    Apart from these, the square is also home to the following sights:

    The County Hall (Megyehaza) on the western side of the square was completed in eclectic style in 1898. It used to be the headquarter of the Pecs Savings Bank.

    The history of the Nador Hotel (Nador Szallo) dates back to 1846, when it was built for a local merchant family. The current secessionist building was finished in 1902 after the previous one had been demolished. The Nador Hotel stands on the upper eastern side of the Szechenyi ter.

    Further down on the eastern side the neo-baroque City Hall (Varoshaza) with its clock tower can be admired. It was built in 1907.

    Somewhere near the middle of the square stands the Equestrian Statue of Janos Hunyadi. The statue was erected in 1956 approximately 500 years after he won against the Ottoman troops during the siege of Nandorfehervar (nowadays: Belgrade).

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    Pecs by night

    by HORSCHECK Written May 16, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Pecs is well worth seeing at night, when most of the sights are beautifully illuminated.

    Especially the square Szechenyi ter with all its historic buildings has a very special atmosphere after sunset.

    One of the highlights is a sort of light fountain in front of the City Hall (Varoshaza). I didn't even notice it being switched on during the day, but at night the many water beams play with changing light colours.

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    Churches of Pecs

    by HORSCHECK Written May 16, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Apart from the many churches, which I have described in the "Things to do" section, Pecs is home to quite a few more churches.

    On my explorations of the city I also came across the monumental twin towered Pius Church. It was constructed between 1927 and 1930 and can be found in the university district of Pecs, about 1,5 km west of the historical city centre.

    On the way to the Pius Church, I also came across the small St. Francis Xavier Church. The Roccoco style church was built in 1739. It is nowadays used by the Greek Orthodox community.

    Near the western end of the historical city centre stands the Franciscan Church, whose history dates back to medieval times. The current eclectic structure is a result of massive renovations in 1925. During Ottoman times the church was converted to a mosque.

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    Surrealist Architecture

    by antistar Updated Nov 11, 2013

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    Surrealist Architecture, Pecs

    Favorite thing: There's a number of buildings around the city, including one of the more popular hotels, that have been built in a style of architecture that looks like it could come straight from a Marc Chagall painting.

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    connected past with present

    by picek Updated Jan 10, 2012

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    web created by iron

    Favorite thing: There is striking difference between old and new in Pecs, between uniformed and individual which best manifests itself when taking a walk through Zsolnay Cultural Centre. This place becomes one of the most attractive, modern open spaces with plenty of activities, and yet its historic buildings of a former ceramic manufacture suggest a shelter of creativity.
    It was so different not even a decade ago when those buildings were in sorry state!

    One of new features here expose the connectedness of past with future very good: the new pedestrian iron bridge, webbed as a cluster of membranes, which allows views from and through bridge, while traffic is driving under your feet. Two old factory buildings are connected with it. One new built promenade whom starts by Library now brings people to the Zsolnays factories, and yet, before the main road divided them. Now it's all transparent, velocious, borderless. All new and past in the neighbourhood becomes one entity, as heterogenous as it can be, but all related to eachother by optimism and inventiveness.

    Fondest memory: Go to see new cultural projects in Pecs ouside of centre medieval boundary.

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    sculptures and stones of Szechenyi square

    by picek Updated Mar 7, 2011

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    in the non realistic colors in this photo
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    Favorite thing: Photo 1 - statue of Janos Hunyadi at Szechenyi square : In my opinion, his horse is the most interesting when captured in bronze: with head bending towards floor but his neck tightened, I wonder if this stage symbolizes the beginning of an crucial assult to bring more victories. He was a fighter, that Hunyadi. Or is the horse just walking with leader, but then if he just walked, his neck wouldn't be tight. Hunyadi's arm pointing in direction above horses head and his coat slightly flutters in a wind of movement, but not in the race.

    Photo 2: impressive trinagulary shaped plague column taking central position in the square, with history of one of the earliest monuments of urbanized Pecs, related with fatal pestilence which overwhelmed many lives - in many places, yet some were lucky to avoid it. The statue is dedicated to Holy Trinity, its latest version (replacing older ones at the site) is the work of György Kis from early 21st century.

    Photo 3 (and 5): bronze relief in front of the mosque by the stairs - memory to the Infantry regiments of Pecs, work of Ferenc Sidló from 1932. Also cavalry relief under Sanctuary lamp.

    Photo 4: modern work of art: black stone and imprinted network of the leaf veins - of Tilia cordata (Lime tree); it's beautiful, simple, and solid composition in the upper part of the square, North east to the mosque - by small fountain at the ground. One of my favourite statues with very bold and unique grafic expression.

    Fondest memory: One of the first thing you'll note on the Szechenyi square is Hunyadi's statue on horse. Erected in 1956, 500 years after his death, work of sculpturor Pal Patzay.

    As you wander Pecs, pleasant surprises in form of nicely executed artworks - scupltures, plaques, arise from many corners and walls. Result of thriving activity in the art field!

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    Reformed Brutalism

    by antistar Written Nov 2, 2008

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    Socialism in Colour

    Favorite thing: The local authorities of Pecs have tarted up some of the uglier communist legacies in the Tirana style; a splash of paint can soften even the cruelest of concrete monsters. Here in Pecs they've gone for pastel shades applied in a series of sunrise tones. The effect is definitely more pleasing on the eye than grey.

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  • Informations for Pecs

    by popi3 Written Jul 22, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Before organize a trip in Pecs look a great pages of pecsihornet about his homeland Pecs and visit this page http://www.pecs.hu/english/index.php for more informations and with a great Virtual Tour in Pécs.

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    City of Mediterranean feelings

    by pecsihornet Written Mar 4, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Pécs is the largest city of Transdanubia in Western Hungary. The city is located on the southern slopes of the Mecsek Hills forty km from the rivers Danube and Drava. Although it is at a distance of five hundred kilometres from the Adriatic sea, maybe it is the nearby sea that gives the city and its immediate region a Mediterranean character.

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    The defending tower

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 1, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The whole northern part of the old core is fortified by the huge city-walls. This is so-called Barbakan, the only remaining bastion-defending tower of the walls, which is very well preserved. In the back of the bastion stands the Episcopal Court of Pecs.

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    The Holy Trinity

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 23, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Holy Trinity Statue was erected in 1713, and from that time on, the main square was called Trinity Square for several decades. The second version of the statue was completed in 1750 and the present, designed by G. Kiss, was consecrated in 1908.

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    Kiraly utca

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 13, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Presumably, Kiraly utca (street) was always the main street of Pecs. First it was called Nagy utca, than Fo utca and later it became Kiraly utca. In the past, it indicated a status to reside here, the street was the center of trade, culture and prosperity. Today, when a person in Pecs says "I go to town", he primarly reflexs to Kiraly street.

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    The old town walls

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 13, 2004

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    The city walls

    Favorite thing: In the medieval times the whole town of Pecs was surrounded by the huge walls which were pulled down during the Turkish attaks. Recently the northern part of the city walls have been reconstructed while those on the southern have disapeared for good.

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    The Post Office

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 13, 2004

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    The Post Office

    Favorite thing: The Post Office, which is situated in Citrom street, use to be a Saint Benedict Monastery, sorry if I have missunderstand the guy who told me that. The whole building is nicely decorated with the Zsolnay ceramics and it looks very attractive.

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    Mosque or church?

    by croisbeauty Written Sep 13, 2004

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    The interiors of the mosque

    Favorite thing: Belive it or not, but this is the interior look of the Gazi Pasha Hassan Mosque which is not different then any other mosque I've seen, except for the frescoes. Yes, the traditional muslim motives are combined by the catholic frescoes. Morover, you can see the catholic priests on the altar, which looks more like an stage, during the service.

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