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Széchenyi Square

The central square of Pécs is spacious in a Mediterranean way, metropolitan on a western scale yet at the same time emphatically Balkan.

With the mosque of Pasha Gazi Kasim at its centre it is a symbol of the Occupation, the triumph of Christianity and of religious tolerance, erasing memories of polemics as well. The square was newly paved in 2010 as part of the European Capital of Culture programme: it is white and clean as snow, rays of sunshine seem to skim over it. Small barrages follow the steps of pedestrians, the stones and benches are occupied by the silence of the siesta on hot summer days and by the clamour of the younger generations in the evening.

Széchenyi square Pécs 7621


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