Monday, December 15, 2008

Hungarian Highlights - Part 10 (Pecs)

Link to Part 9

Pecs (Paich) was a true cultural and architectural gem. I took tons of pictures and narrowing the number down for this post was a big challenge. Here is a small sample of what I saw.

The former Pasha Gazi Kassim Mosque, known more familiarly as the Mosque Church. It is the largest structure remaining from the Turkish occupation and indeed the very symbol of the city.

Ruins of the 16th century Pasha Memi Baths.

Basilica of St. Peter.

Crypt inside the Basilica.

The Basilica's stunning organ.

Pasha Hassan Jakovali Mosque.

Jug Mausoleum dating from the 4th century. The entire area underneath the Basilica was crammed with early Roman and Christian tombs along with the remnants of city walls from earlier times. I spent a good hour exploring the (thankfully air conditioned) labyrinth below the old square.

A pleasant walk up into the Mecsek Hills north of the city walls brought me to the ruins of a 16th century bishop's palace, later used as an Islamic monastery.