Top 3 religious buildings in Pecs
A sample of Ottoman architecture in the city of Pecs is represented by the Yakovali Hassan Mosque, a religious building built by Yakovali Hassan in the second half of the sixteenth century, beyond the Szigeti Gate of the city. Famous in the city, the Jewish school of Pecs built in romantic style in 1869, operates today as a synagogue. The interior is preserved in its original form and is opened to the public in 1981.
The Cathedral of Pecs is one of those monuments that identify with the history of the city. Its construction dates from 1064, built on the site where was a basilica destroyed by fire.
The Yakovali Hassan Mosque
A sample of Ottoman architecture in the city of Pecs is represented by the Yakovali Hassan Mosque, built by Yakovali Hassan in the second half of the sixteenth century, beyond the Szigeti Gate of the city. The Yakov Hassan is the only mosque in Hungary which has preserved its minaret and its original layout, with a square plan and an octagonal cupola. The minaret is located in the northeast corner of the building, while the mosque faces south-east, towards Mecca. The walls have symmetrical windows distributed on two rows. In the mosque is an exhibition of artifacts donated by the Turkish government.
The Yakovali Hassan Mosque in Pecs is still the place of prayer for the Muslim community, is richly decorated with various paintings and you will find here prayer mats and candlesticks. The Kursu (the sermon area) is decorated with two roses carved in wood. A space with two entries indicate the place of prayer for women. In the garden of the mosque there are several old Turkish tombs.
The Synagogue of Pecs
The facade of this top religious building in Pecs was restored in the early ’80s and contains biblical quotations and the tablets Moses with the 10 Commandments are inlaid in the front part. The interior of the Synagogue of Pecs is made up of three sections decorated with geometric, floral and vegetal motifs. The ceiling is decorated with golden stars. The arch, supported on four marble columns that support the dome, is found in the sanctuary. In front of it is the Torah and the book of tears. The Synagogue holds a valuable organ dating from 1869.
The Cathedral of Pecs
The Cathedral of Pecs impresses with its Romanesque style stone carvings. With the arrival of the Ottomans the cathedral was converted into a mosque, it was added a minaret, besides the four towers that it already had. Between 1806-1813 the cathedral was remodeled in Baroque style, but without interfering in issues affecting the building structure. From 1882 until 1891 architect Friedrich von Schmidt oversaw the restoration of the structure and foundations.
The interior of this beautiful religious building in Pecs keeps Gothic influences, and baroque decor. A special attention deserves the frescoes painted in the nineteenth century.
The park in front of the cathedral has a fountain and is a popular meeting place in town. The park often hosts concerts and dance performances, and fairs with craft articles.