The city of Pécs – where my husband was born – is one of the biggest cities in Hungary located the southwest part of the country at the slopes of the mountains (more like hills :)) of Mecsek.
Pécs [ˈpeːt͡ʃ] is also a beautiful, old and not so big city which was founded by the Romans with its original name Sopianae. The actual name represents the five churches where the city’s name came from as the builders of the city used material from five old Christian chapels, but actually it’s not Hungarian. It’s from the Turkish “beş” means five.
With its rich heritage, which includes the Széchenyi Square with its beautiful buildings like the mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, the Király Street, Csontváry and Vasarely Museums and the porcelain brand Zsolnay, the city was selected as one of the European Capital of Culture in 2010.
But it’s not just this heritage but the whole environment with the slopes of the Mecsek, the warm summer days and the lots and lots of trees which makes the whole city amazing and liveable. Pécs really has it’s own mood what’s pretty Hungarian and unique at the same time what I tried to capture for you with the following pictures.
So for a little bit of warming up here you have a typical picture of the view of the Dunántúl (which means beyond the Danube) with lots of hills and trees. And the view from the window of my father in law. I can get used to that view actually.
This is now the centre of the city where I managed to take some pictures. Here you can see the Synagogue and the Kossuth Square.
Pedestrian street with a Mediterranean feel to it and a typical house in eclectic style.
The Széchenyi Square with the Trinity Statue and the City Hall on the right hand side of it.
On the other side of the square stands one of my favorite buildings, the County Hall which was also built in eclectic style. Every piece ornamenting the façade was made in the Zsolnay porcelain factory!
The mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious the biggest and most famous heritage of the 150 year long Ottoman occupation. It’s a shame that the minaret is not standing there anymore but its an imposing building nonetheless.
The Palatinus Hotel and National Theatre of Pécs in the Király Street.
The Király Street and the eclectic Vasváry-House ornamented by rich Zsolnay stuccos.
Interesting fountain on one of the corner of the Király Street. Have no idea what represents and I found no information either.
Drain cover with the labels Pécs and Város which means city in Hungarian and another picture from the Kossuth Square.
And the other favorite of mine, the Zsolnay Fountain that is. The decorations are coated with a yellowish-green eosin layer which I just simply adore. I really need a Zsolnay eosin statue in my life and my mother and father in law have quite lot of them. So jealous.
There are lot of things which would have been worth to mention and pictured here, like the Post Palace or the almost intact Mosque of Jakovali Hassan, or like the museums listened above (Csontvary is my favorite Hungarian painter it’s worth to check out his work!) but sadly we didn’t have enough time for everything. And also you really should see these things in person. It’s really worth the trip, especially if you’re from the other side of the world.
So if you’ve never visited Hungary before, I strongly recommend not to stuck with Budapest only, which is an amazing city and experience by itself, but there are other treasures too. Hungary is a small country anyway. 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this small selection of pictures what I made about Pécs.