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Town Hall, Pécs

The present shape of the neo-baroque, eclectic building was created in 1907, following a number of modifications. The carillon of the tower of the City Hall also contributes to the unique atmosphere of the central square of the town. You can listen to this on every hour on Széchenyi square. One of the ground floor offices of the building with an entrance towards the square houses the Pécsi Kulturális Központ Információs Irodája (the Information Office of the Pécs Cultural Centre). This is where you can get further information concerning programs, festivals running in the town, and you can also buy tickets to various events.

The most decisive building of the lower part of Széchenyi square is the City Hall. There was only an empty lot here in 1695, in the year when the venue of the new city hall was decided. The first city hall after the Turkish occupation was built in Baroque style in 1695, and it was only a two-storey building. The granting of the free royal city status was proclaimed on the balcony of that building on the 19th of April 1780. In 1809, during the Napoleonic wars, 158 wounded soldiers were taken care of in the city hall, then functioning as a military hospital.
Between 1830 and 1834 József Piatsek local architect built a two-storey, classicist building that could fashionably serve the needs of a developing town. The first assembly of the council was held in the new building on the 15th of April 1834. The models of both buildings are on display at the Historical Museum of the City of Pécs. A clock tower was added to the City Hall in 1871. Due to the social and economic growth at end of the 19th century, an even larger building became necessary in order to house the offices of the town. The assembly decided the construction of a new building in 1895. The builder of the National Theatre of Pécs, Adolf Lang won the right to elaborate the project. The present shape of the neo-baroque, eclectic building was created in 1907, following a number of modifications. The carillon of the tower of the City Hall also contributes to the unique atmosphere of the central square of the town. You can listen to this at every hour on Széchenyi square. The coat of arms of the free royal city of Pécs is displayed on the tip of the tower. The coat of arms was awarded by Maria Theresa and his son Joseph in 1780. The Baroque coat of arms represents the most important symbols of the town, such as the Mecsek hills and the Stream Tettye, etc.
One of the ground floor offices of the building with an entrance towards the square houses the Pécsi Kulturális Központ Információs Irodája (the Information Office of the Pécs Cultural Centre). This is where you can get further information concerning programs, festivals running in the town, and you can also buy tickets to various events.

Pécs

Pécs is one of the most important intellectual, spiritual, cultural and economic centres of Southern Transdanubia. Combined with its priceless heritage sites, its lively cultural scene, theatres and museums, and the surrounding holiday resorts make the town a popular tourist centre.
First named Sopianae, the settlement came under the authority of the Roman Empire in 10 BC. The early Christian period of Sopianae is preserved by the Early Christian Necropolis uncovered in the area in front of the current Cathedral around the former Mons Sacrum (Sacred Hill). This unique heritage complex was entered onto the World Heritage Sites. (Source: vendégváró)

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