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Art nouveau hotel in the high street - Hotel Palatinus, Pecs

The glove factory-owner Imre Hamerli dreamt of a hotel for the land where his factory once stood. The distinguished building of PANNONIA GRAND HOTEL changed the layout of Király street entirely. The construction started according to the plans of Andor Pilch in 1913. The hotel was built between 1914 and 1915 in Secessionist style (art nouveau). Its ball room was the most illustrious one in Pécs, and it provided a venue for concerts as well. It is easy to recognise the U-shaped building from the street. The building is stretching a long way back from the narrow street façade, it indicates the layout of the original buildings that used to stand on this land. A marble tablet on the wall of the left wing indicates that "Béla Bartók (1881-1945) gave a concert in the ball room of Hotel Pannonia on the 30th of October 1923". A revolving stage was built in the first storey ball room in 1955, and, following that, the Studio Theatre of the Pécs National Theatre operated here until it moved to its present location.
Pannonia still operates under the name of Palatinus. It is one of the most distinguished places of the inner town, a venue for dignified events, balls and receptions. A new, modern conference room opened in the hotel in 2005.

Pécs

Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. It is the administrative and economical centre of Baranya county. Pécs is also the seat of Roman Catholic Diocese of Pécs.
The city Sopianae was founded by Romans at the beginning of the 2nd century, on an area peopled by Celts and Pannoni tribes. By the 4th century it became the capital of Valeria province and a significant early Christian center. The early Christian necropolis is from this era which became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 2000.
Its episcopate was founded in 1009 by Steven I, and the first university in Hungary was founded in Pécs in 1367 by Louis I the Great. (The largest university still resides in Pécs with about 34,000 students.) Pécs was formed into one of the cultural and arts center of the country by bishop Janus Pannonius, the great, Hungarian, humanist poet. Pécs has a rich heritage from the age of a 150 year long Ottoman occupation, like the mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious on Széchenyi square. (Source: vendégváró)

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