Széchenyi Square & Djami, Roman Catholic city church, Pécs
Once the water from four canals arrived here from four different directions and thus today's Széchenyi Square in Pécs was formerly called Four Canal Street.
Széchenyi Square is the centre of Pécs and as such plays an important role in the life of the town.
In the market of bygone days, where up to the early 20th century women from the surrounding villages dressed in colourful traditional costumes sold their produce, visitors today can be witnesses of craft fairs and merriments. One of these is the Easter Wait (Húsvétvárás) including a fair of hand-ornamented painted eggs from all over the country on the weekend before Easter each year. Each September, as a part of the Pécs Festival (Pécsi Napok), the square is the venue for the Festival of Grapes and Wines (Szőlő és Bor Ünnepe) with a fair, a vintage parade and tastings of the famous Baranya wines.
However, an everyday hustle and bustle is typical for the square, even when no celebration is scheduled. Students and tourists gather here, as do the locals of Pécs, making it a pleasant place to meet and chat. The young sit up on the wall that embraces the square, while the older citizens of Pécs (or the 'old vine-stocks' as they call themselves) stand around discussing the joys and sorrows of life on the corner of the pedestrianised King Street (Király utca) that opens from the square.
Djami, Roman Catholic city church (Belvárosi templom)
The Turkish djami was built between 1543 and 1546 on the site of the former St Bartholomew church. After the Turkish left the Jesuits dismantled the minaret and modified the building. However, it retains Islamic elements.
The prayer niche (mihrab) of the djami can be seen in the axis of the southeast wall; its painting is a restoration. To the right and the left are the calligraphic inscriptions of the names of Allah and Mohamed. Set as they are in a Christian church the stalactite vault and the keel-arched windows evoke the typical elements of Turkish architecture in an interesting way. The holy-water fonts were formerly Islamic ritual washing basins.
The builder of the djami was Gazi Kasim, later pasha of Buda. The djami remained intact following the recapture of the town after which the Jesuits used it as their church. It was modified in 1702 and again in 1766; the entrance hall and the minaret connected to the supporting wall of the entrance hall on the right corner were dismantled. Between 1939 and 1942 the djami was freed from the walls of the previous additions and extensions. At the same time the current semicircular building to the north was added. (Source: vendégváró)
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Royaldevon (23414) 2011-12-28 1:34
Good Morning George,
Has the water from the canals been channelled underground? If so, it would be useful for watering these beautiful flowers which make a fine introduction to your photograph.
An interesting location, well captured with sharp details, lots of human interest, good leads and a rewarding focal point.
Have a good day,
besnard (50412) 2011-12-28 1:36
Un clicé intéressant et bien construit avec en arričre plan l'église et sa coupole verte et le dallage fleuri.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
acevherli (240) 2011-12-28 1:56
Very good colours. Nice composition. Thank you for more information.
Güzel renkler, güzel kompozisyon. Ayrıntılıbilgi için de teşekkürler.
rbassin (14473) 2011-12-28 2:03
Une composition intéressante et bien construite avec le parterre de fleurs en avant et l'architecture imposante de l'église en arričre plan.
La présence de personnes créent une animation agréable.
dkmurphys (44122) 2011-12-28 2:10
Very beautiful postcard. Flowers, always an attractive subject. Well catch, have a great day.
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-12-28 2:33
Ola George ,
Lindo esta praça com estas flores neste quadrados no chăo uma bela ideia , bonita a igreja de fundo , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-12-28 2:53
Beautiful flowers in the square.They are very well manicured and maintained. The church and the statue in the background generate lots of interest. The square looks lively with people moving around. Nice sharp image with superb colors.
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-12-28 2:59
Beautiful frame of the church with flowers in the foreground.
People walking, gives life to the place.
The colors and light are very nice.
cornejo (24647) 2011-12-28 4:44
György Szia, szeretem ezt a képet, ennek a gyönyörű kilátás nyílik a virág, egy jó kép élessége és mélysége, a jó és szép munka barátom, gratulálok. Jó napot és boldog hét. TFS.
A legjobb kívánja Önt és kedves családját az új évben.
Sergiom (49050) 2011-12-28 5:56
Tu as choisi le cadrage parfait pour mettre en évidence cette belle petite place.Les carrées de fleurs guident le regard dans l'image vers ce dôme magnifique.
ChrisJ (92167) 2011-12-28 6:19
Love the little squares crammed with tulips & irises in the fg. They also make a nice pattern. Good contrasted light with superb sharpness & well composed. The green bronze horse & rider match the color of the bg dome behind. Tfs!
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-12-28 7:10
The church is completely interesting with the symbols mixed on the dome. One time still, the composition is excellent, pleasant. The light, color, the neatness are very good. Bravo.
Have a nice day. Meilleurs Voeux de Bonne Année 2012!
Silvio1953 (109385) 2011-12-28 11:37
Ciao George, great perspective on beautiful square, lovely composition with a lot of interesting elements, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year 2012, ciao Silvio
mesutilgim (75604) 2011-12-28 13:41
Hello dear George,
Similar sceneries are quite often, in Greece, Hungary etc etc. Reminders to the Ottoman Period.
Your pov with the flowers in the foreground is just perfect. Nice framing and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
vasilpro (40685) 2011-12-28 13:59
Wonderful composition, beautiful old church with interesting architecture and useful notes, excellent POV and DOF, lovely light and colors, very nice framework, TfS!
Happy New Year, Vasilis.
mauro61 (52623) 2011-12-28 14:28
ciao George ,
i fiori in FG aprono bene la scena con la chiesa romanica sullo sfondo e le statue sulla piazza.
Buona la luce di ripresa,
bukitgolfb301 (33538) 2011-12-28 19:51
Hi dear Georege
Sorry for my late reactioon as I was away for several days for business trip.
This is another great fantastic work very well taken by best combination of various objcets via your own way. Nice wonderful presentation, best match with the last of 2011 indeed.
Thanks for sharing with your nice work and have a good day!
Takero from sunny but cold Tokyo
siamesa (27701) 2011-12-29 1:27
Bom dia George
These flowerbeds give a lovely mood to this place.
Very beautiful composition with a superb perspective.
jemaflor (76660) 2011-12-29 3:51
Good presentation for this monument with a shot with large fg, interesting effect with the colors of flowers, nice light capture, tfs.
Cricri (95455) 2011-12-29 4:49
Beaucoup d'éléments a voir allant de l'architecture au monument et statue, trčs jolie présentation avec l'avant plan toutes en fleurs, trčs jolie réalisation
JFS (32457) 2011-12-29 6:39
Good POV with close-up of all these flowers and an impressive monumental BG. Lovely place!
Graal (93630) 2011-12-29 10:59
Jó kisimító George,
very nice square in Pecs. I like the spring flowers and old architecture of church. Image well composed. Pleasant light and colours.
Happy New Year 2012 for You & family!
francio64 (38256) 2011-12-29 15:05
l'inserimento dei fiori in FG oltre a dare profonditŕ all'immagine, contribuisce ad arricchirla nella composizione, dando una nota in piů di colore.
danos (80336) 2011-12-30 0:29
nice the view of the Széchenyi Square with the Roman catholic church to dominates on the backdrop of the image.I like the created depth from the colourful flowers on the pavement as lead-in the eye on the old church.Well chosen POV and excellent presentation.
All the best and a Happy and Healthy New Year 2012,Danos
COSTANTINO (46544) 2012-04-01 5:44
beautiful postcard with delicate pretty details
your notes are top useful,lots of human interests
peaceful and pleasant atmosphere
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-28 1:22