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Hungary: Pecs

An April 2002 trip to Pecs by kylebarber

Outdoors in the Belvaros Photo, Pecs, Hungary More Photos
Quote: What to see in and around the southern Hungarian town of Pecs

Hungary: Pecs

Overview

Outdoors in the Belvaros Photo, Pecs, Hungary
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Pecs is known as both a college town and a cultural destination. Many museums and performing arts venues vie for the residents and tourists' attention. With the World Heritage Site designation assigned to the early Christian burial tombs discovered in the old part of town, Pecs is hopeful of drawing more tourists south from Budapest to explore its own interesting region.Quick Tips: It may be a college town but things get quiet pretty early on weeknight evenings. Make sure to get your shopping and sightseeing finished before the doors are locked and windows shuttered.Best Way To Get Around: The downtown area of Pecs is small enough to navigate by foot. Expeditions to the nearby hi...Read More

Hotel Palatinus Pecs

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Hotel Palatinus Pecs Photo, Pecs, Hungary
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This beautiful hotel is situated smack in the center of town, yet loses none of its intimate charm. Walking through the narrow courtyard into the stupendous art deco lobby one feels transported to the 1920's, a grand vision of Europe before the second World War. The 88 room establishment is somewhat small in size but offers a number of services and amenities. The Gosser Brasserie is a full service restaurant that appeared to be quite popular with both hotel guests and local residents. An elegant ball room truly captures the spirit of an era gone by, even if it is now used primarily for business meetings and conferences. There are six suites available for those needing extra space and comfort, but...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Hotel Palatinus Pecs
KIRALY UTCA 5
Pecs, Hungary
36-72-889-400

Patria

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Hotel

Patria Photo, Pecs, Hungary
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The Patria Hotel is right across the street from the Jakovali Hassan Mosque and easy walking distance to the center of town. The block like structure of the building and the simple rooms may be somewhat off putting, but the service in the hotel was friendly and efficient. Dining is available on the second floor of the hotel in two separate rooms. The Patria is run by the same folks who manage the Palatinus Hotel in the center of downtown Pecs, and which might prove to be a more enjoyable location.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Patria

Pecs, Hungary
(367) 251-4778

Csaszar Pince

Restaurant

Csaszar Pince Photo, Pecs, Hungary
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Hidden in cellar near the Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace, Csaszar Pince has a long dining room that was once used by intellectuals for meeting under cover and enjoying cultural films, discussions, etc, during the Soviet regime. Now it serves top notch food with highly attentive and polite service.We sampled the green pea soup, followed by a young chicken breast served with rice and almonds. The dessert was the tasty Hungarian specialty of somloi galuska, a crepe stuffed with assorted goodies like cocoa, crushed nuts, raisins, candied, orange peel, etc., then topped with a rich chocolate sauce. A full service bar is also available at Csaszar Pince, making it a nice stop for any time fo the day...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Csaszar Pince

Pecs, Hungary
(367) 221-0084

Janus Pannonius utca 11 Photo, Pecs, Hungary
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Kosztka Csontvary went unrecognized in his lifetime as an artist of any merit, but his deeply felt paintings reflect a huge talent. Not prescribing to any particular school of painting, Csontvary is hard to pin down as an artist. His sometimes blockish and wildly colorful subjects remind one of Pabo Picasso though his Csontvary's work predates that of Picasso.Many of his canvasses are quite large, with lots of activity taking place. I liked the ridiculously curvy bodies in Mary's Well at Nazareth, quite a different take on art set in the Holy Land. The dramatic colors of Storm on the Great Hortobagy were unlike I saw when visitng the Great Plain region of eastern Hungary, but it makes for an ex...Read More

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Janus Pannonius utca 11
Janus Pannonius utca 11
Pecs, Hungary

Cathedral

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Attraction

Cathedral Photo, Pecs, Hungary
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The neo-Romanesque Cathedral of Pecs is gigantic, towering over the historic Belvaros district. It is many ways a collage of older church remains and their respective styles, as the Cathedral has been rebuilt and remodeled numerous times over the past 1000 years. The crypt below offers a peak into what it might have been like as a small church in the early days of Hungary. Modern additions have resulted in a somewhat glitzy and heavily gold-accented super church. The painted ceilings and walls keep the visitor busy with a great deal of eye catching detail.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Cathedral
Dom ter
Pecs, Hungary

Bishop's Palace

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Bishop's Palace Photo, Pecs, Hungary
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Next door to the Cathedral is the Bishop's Palace, a neo-Renaissance building that served as the home for the many bishops of the region. Our group was fortunate enough to receive an audience with the bishop where he answered our questions about the building and the history of Pecs. On our tour of the nicely appointed home we became aware of the bishop's fascination with the cactus plant, as everywhere you looked spiky stalks reached for the high ceilings.Outside of the Bishop's Palace is a pleasant courtyard, with a new fountain that is quite pleasant to relax by for a moment. The bishop harvests ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Bishop's Palace
Dom ter
Pecs, Hungary

Early Christian Burial Tombs

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Early Christian Burial Tombs Photo, Pecs, Hungary
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By the 4th century early Christian tribes had moved in to Sopianae, a land once occupied by Romans. The early underground caverns that had been abandoned were now utilized as graves by the Christian inhabitants, who decorated the wall with Biblical etchings and paintings. Sopianae in time became Pecs, and recent, ongoing excavations have unconvered a number of these early Christian burial tombs. Different entrances (and unfortunately varying operating hours) lead to three different burial sites that are open to the public. While much of the walls are faded some designs, notably Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eve, are unmistakable and quite fascinating.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Early Christian Burial Tombs
Dom ter
Pecs, Hungary

Jakovali Hassan Mosque

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Jakovali Hassan Mosque Photo, Pecs, Hungary
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While many of the churches in Pecs were transformed into mosques during the Turkish occupation and then back again into Christian homes of worship, the Jakovali Hassan Mosque is still an active center of Islamic faith. It serves the small population of practicing students who are attending the nearby medical university. Dating from the 1500's, it's amazing the building has remained intact. Perhaps even more surprising is that the minaret out behind the mosque is also stil standing tall, though it is off limits to the mosque's visitors. A small museum display in the lobby illustrates the history of the mosque and the city of Pecs under Turkish rule.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Jakovali Hassan Mosque
Rakoczi utca
Pecs, Hungary

Mac Café

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Mac Café Photo, Pecs, Hungary
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An excellent internet café that offers high speed connections and modern equipment, making it a great stop for checking up on things back home. The interior room is lined with hundreds of paperbacks and research volumes, though the Mac Café doesn't strike me much as a research library.

Snacks can be purchased in the other room, which is much more of a coffee house/lounge. In the computer area eveyone is much more serious and hard "at work," though with Elvis Costello blaring in the background you can't help but loosen up a bit as you compose those IgoUgo journal entries. The initial charge is 100 forints (about 60 cents), followed by 8 forints a minute.