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On the promenade - Protected Chestnut Trees, Pécs

The old horse chestnut and sycamore trees of the public park under local protection create a unique atmosphere. The area became a real "sétatér" or promenade with the trees planted at the end of the 1800s and with the reconstruction of the square completed in 1988 - it is an excellent venue to rest for a while here after site seeing and museum visits. There are many quality events entertaining the locals and the tourists here from the Spring until the Autumn. Artisan fairs, concerts, puppet theatres are waiting for their audience here, while the Weeks of Art and Gastronomy create a fantastic street of fine foods and excellent wines on the promenade.


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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