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Chapel on the hill - Havihegy Chapel, Pécs

Main attractions of the Southern slopes of the Mecsek are Misina with the TV-tower and the Boldogasszony-chapel on Havihegy. The chapel was built above the town in Baroque style to commemorate the plague of 1690. The residents of Pécs vowed to bring the materials up to the hill and they did so. In 1710 the sanctuary was expanded. In August 1780 the interior of the church burnt out. It was restored with new furniture. The single-nave chapel has wagon-roof. Its organ-loft is near the entrance. The exterior's austerity does good to the church as the building co-exists with the landscape, complementing each other. The main alter of the chapel was made from marble. The altar-piece shows the Virgin Mary. On the two side-altars you can see St. Sebastian and St. Florian.

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.
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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