The Statue of János Hunyadi, Pécs
The work of Pál Pátzay, the statue of János Hunyadi riding a horse is erected on the southeast side of Széchenyi square. The Governor of Hungary, János Hunyadi won a victory over the Turkish troops in 1456 under Nándorfehérvár (the present Belgrade). The statue was erected in 1956 commemorating the 500th anniversary of the victory of Belgrade and the death of the hero.
The heroism of Hunyadi served as an example for Hungarians for centuries, while his name is preserved by the sagas of the peoples of South-East Europe too. According to popular belief the midday bell toll in the country commemorates the victorious battle. Other resources however point out that Pope Calixtus III. had earlier ordered that Christians should aid the struggle against the Muslims with prayers during the midday bell toll. The news of this decree however only reached Hungary following the victorious battle.
Pál Pátzay won the right for making the statue on a tender in 1951. The person of the artist was not a subject for debate, the location of the statue at the same time was very much so. The leadership of the town found two venues suitable for this purpose: the Dóm square and the Széchenyi square. According to the original plans the statue would have been erected on the spot where the statue of the Holy Trinity stands, however, the artist chose the southwest section of the square instead. According to his opinion, the front view of the statue is from the side. The location was perfect as the memorial stands out from all directions. Its asymmetrical positioning seems as if it repeated the irregular orientation of the mosque.
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.
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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lousat (79962) 2011-06-03 2:00
Hi George,another great choice of point of view,you know the best corners to take the best pic,great composition whit a lot of elements in background and a very interesting statue too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
besnard (54305) 2011-06-03 2:15
Du bon travail toujours aussi soigné. Une image nette, claire, lumineuse et intéressante.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
snunney (87420) 2011-06-03 3:43
A splendid composition of this majestic equestrian statue. The details in the statue and the accompanying cross are very well rendered under a good light.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-06-03 5:01
really enjoying your journey around Pecs. Another distinctive and flawless composition. Great clarity and detail brought about by your perfect light management. Excellent!
Have a great weekend - Brian
francio64 (39439) 2011-06-03 5:15
ottimo POV per mostrare questa statua equestre e tutto ciň che la circonda.
Luce ben gestita e ottimo sharp.
Well done and TFS!
npecanhuk (68262) 2011-06-03 5:25
Wonderful monuments with beautiful statues!
Truly attractive picture placing them together in such an harmonious way!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, contrasts and, above all, composition are all oustanding features here!
TFS - congrats,
Sergiom (64117) 2011-06-03 5:26
C'est un excellent chouix de te placer derričre la statue du héros pour nous permettre de bien voir son environnement et aussi ce qu'il peut lui męme voir.La lumičre est trčs belle et les détails superbes.
siamesa (27753) 2011-06-03 7:15
Bom dia George
Very beautiful composition with these two sculptures. Perfect point of view. Beautiful colors and excellent sharpness.
vasilpro (41037) 2011-06-03 11:21
Wonderful composition, beautiful statue, lovely light and colors, excellent POV, interesting architectural details.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
RhodieIke (11742) 2011-06-03 13:35
Hi George, Super photo of this fantastic Statue's, and informative note,great colour's and light,TFS,Cheers Iain.
bukitgolfb301 (37068) 2011-06-03 17:21
Hi my dear George
Sorry for my late action as I was very busy this week.
Perfect framework you get as usual!
So solemn and significant shot!
Another very insprinig shot. I like very much.
Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good Saturday!
jurek1951 (42190) 2011-06-04 2:18
Nice and great architecture and perspective,
Nice colors and good contrast,
very well done.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-06-04 2:53
The composition allies the religious faith and the soumision to the military power. A beautiful photo realized with an excellent quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
dkmurphys (50788) 2011-06-04 5:52
Fine postcard with that important statue. A hero of Europe. Nice POV, well catch scene.
Have a great afternoon.
annjackman (20385) 2011-06-05 3:21
You have taken this from a very good angle with all the important elements nicely separated. The quality is superb.
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-06-05 23:47
Beautiful colors as usual from you
Excellent POV and sharpness
Well framed and handled the light
Have a nice week
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-17
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Pécs [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-03 1:57