The Building Complex of the Elephant House, Pécs
Many famous families used to live in the building between the southwest corner of Széchenyi square and Jókai square. On the northwest corner of the trapezoid square a bakery used to work since 1712. At the beginning of the 1800s Ferenc Schneckenberger bought the land and he extended the house to open a restaurant that became known as the White Elephant. The spices, tools and colonial goods shop established by György Pucher in 1870 entitled "The Black Elephant" also operated here. The symbol of the successful shop is still on display on the northwest corner of the building of no. 6. Jókai square: the sheet metal elephant standing on a consol lent a name to the entire building complex.
The present shape of the northern side of the building was constructed during the 1820s when the partly empty land was bought by József Piatsek and he had an apartment house built there.
The house standing on the Széchenyi square-side of the building consists of two smaller buildings. The Hoitsy (or Kajdatsy) family owned this part for almost a hundred years from 1744, they furnished a dignified upper class residency upstairs.
The courtyard of the present building is called the Hild Garden that connects to the pedestrian traffic of Széchenyi and Jókai squares via three gateways. The downstairs sections of the building accommodate shops and restaurants, while by joining the rooms of the one-time Hoitsy and Piatsek houses, Művészetek Háza (The House of Arts) has been created upstairs.
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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carlosmarin (11954) 2011-06-06 3:20
beautiful corner of the city of Pecs, with elegant architecture and attractive colors.
Good shot with good POV.
Good management of light and color.
snunney (75070) 2011-06-06 3:32
A fine capture of this building with a very interesting history. The point of view is well chosen using the pots to direct the viewer toward the street. The passers-by, especially the man in the left foreground, contribute to the atmosphere. Very good colours and sharpness.
sacavem (18608) 2011-06-06 3:40
You photograph well this street detail, with good depth in the composition. Curious is that Lisbon will also have a bar called "white elephant".
I like the colors but I notice some lack of sharpness.
timecapturer (40234) 2011-06-06 4:02
a wonderful composition and perspective, perfectly detailed and full of interest. Nice warm colours and a fascinating looking place. Intriguing!
Have a great week - Brian
jhm (130620) 2011-06-06 4:25
Nice cityscape with excellent depth and perspective.
Your picture is perfect taken.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Composition and presentation are superb. TFS.
jjcordier (69557) 2011-06-06 5:13
C'est un réel plaisir de continuer avec toi la visite de cette belle ville de Pécs si riche en monuments ŕ la remarquable architecture. Encore une trčs belle photo du lieu.
Sergiom (48930) 2011-06-06 5:15
Une bien belle terrasse, meublée de pots ŕ fleurs ceinture cette belle maison toute jaune et toute belle. Le mail piétonnier ajoute beaucoup de charme ŕ l'endroit.
siamesa (27701) 2011-06-06 5:44
Bom dia George
The point of view is excellent. These pots of flowers in foreground added a special beauty in the photo.
sandpiper (6580) 2011-06-06 6:38
Good note. Great architecture. Good composition and clarity, nice colours. The man on the left improves the picture.
danos (80252) 2011-06-06 8:47
very nice the presentation of this part of city with the Complex building of the Elephant house,to dominates the image.I like the excellent painting with the pots to decorating so perfect.Excellent the light management as the quality of the image.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
lousat (67057) 2011-06-06 8:56
Hi George,magnificent view and composition and very professional work in PP,it seem a peinture whit these pastel colors,great sharpness too as usual.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano
saxo042 (35170) 2011-06-06 9:13
An interesting street scene with a lot of details and a fine addition of human life. Very pleasant colours and an interesting note!
JFS (32457) 2011-06-06 9:39
Delighful image with lots of details. I like the atmosphere and the architecture very much. Thanks George!
macjake (48333) 2011-06-06 10:49
I always look at these compositions with envy. People may not realize how difficult it can be to compose these busy streets and alleyways with curving architecture.
you do a masterful job in creative a pleasing view.
the two strong color contrasts work well too.
excellent work once again
vasilpro (40685) 2011-06-06 11:08
Wonderful cityscape composition, beautiful architecture and interesting decoration, lovely light and colors, excellent POV, very nice street scene.
jurek1951 (38918) 2011-06-06 11:28
A very beautiful street, and I enjoy seeing these colorful buildings. Another nice pov and the lighting and shadows are excellent,
hay_kes (30424) 2011-06-06 11:34
Very beautiful place with Great POV, colours and nice perspective.Good frame.TFS.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-06-06 13:12
The name is surprising, the note is written well and useful. The photo consists always as well. The light, the colors, the neatness are very good. Bravo.
Have a nice evening
pablominto (53744) 2011-06-06 23:30
A well planned composition with this picturesque street scene!
The usual fine technical quality, great colours and the composition has a strong feeling of depth...
And the urns in front are an original element!
dkmurphys (44082) 2011-06-07 4:19
Another fine urban scene. Beautiful atmosphere, very attractive composition.
Have a great day.
abmdsudi (35282) 2011-06-08 23:59
Excellent note about this building and the statue of the elephant is clealrly visible. Lovely square in rich colors, nice detail and good lighting with some attractive subjects in the foreground, this is well timely shot without clutter as the man enters the frame. So much character and charm as well. I like the contrast in colourto the adjacent building
A real beautiful architecture. Nice Work
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-15
- Categories: Daily Life, Food, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Pécs [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-06 1:47