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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the middle Ages, a large triple aisled church called St. Bertalan stood here, but was pulled down by the Turks in the second half of the 16th century, and with the use of its stones they built the largest mosque in Hungary, the djami of Pasha Gazi Kassim.
Fondest memory: After the expulsion of the Turks, the mosgue is turned into the church of the Jesuits, who carried out numerous transformations.
Szechenyi Square is the heart of the city, one of the most attractive city squares in Hungary. It's anchored at the northern end by the imposing Pasha Gazi Kassim Mosque, in the middle there are the Trinity statue and the statue of Janos Hunyadi and at the southern end by the Church of the Good Samaritans.
Fondest memory: At the eastern end there is a famous Nador hotel (originally it was the parish office), while at the western the Saving Bank (today a office block).
The tiny Djami (Mosque) of Jakovali Hassan in Rakoczi street, was built in the mid-1500s. The minaret of Mosque stands still intact. Nowadays the Mosque houses a museum of Turkish artwork and artifacts worth of visiting.
The admission to the museum, which is open from 9-17:45, cost only 240 forints, which is less then one euro.