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Sights in and around Pécs

1. Turbe of Idris baba

The turbe of Idris baba is located on Rókus hill in Pécs. The area was a Turkish cemetery during the Ottoman occupation. Idris baba was a Bektasi dervish and fortune-teller, whose tomb was erected in 1592 by public donation. The skeleton of Idris baba lies in a rock tomb in the middle of the octagonal masonry tomb. Currently, it displays coffins and furnishings oriented and decorated according to Islamic burial customs. In its surroundings, there is a rose garden planted with wild roses, Mediterranean plants, almonds and lemon trees. During the guided tour of the tomb, you can learn about the history of baby Idris, the Dervishes of Bektasi, and information about the tombs of Baranya.
Opening hours info:
The shrine can be visited on Wednesday and Friday-Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
You can visit at other times by appointment, preferably 24 hours before the visit
Price information:
Adult: HUF 850; Child/student: HUF 500;
You can only pay in cash at the Venue.

2. Jakováli Hassan Mosque

Visitors can take the first steps of a wonderful journey to the East in one of the masterpieces of Turkish architecture in Hungary, The Jakováli Hassan Mosque in Pécs. It is the only one of the Muslim places of worship that can be found in the former territory of the Turkish subjugation in Hungary, which has been preserved in its entirety with its arched windows, domed square and almost intact minaret. Named after a Turkish provincial leader who lived in the 17th century, the mosque is a square floor plan, built of stone and brick, covered with a dome. On the right side of the mosque rises the slender minaret, from the balcony of which the muezzin called the Muslim faithful to prayer five times a day.

Opening hours info
Every day of the week, except Mondays, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Price information:
Adult: HUF 2,300; Child/student: HUF 1,150;
Pensioners: 1000 HUF, 4600 HUF for families.
You can taste elma tea and sherbet (HUF 300),

3. Barbakán

The Barbakán is one of the significant historical landmarks of the city of Pécs. The Gothic-style gate fortress performed defense tasks as part of the bishop’s castle. Today, this is the only Barbakán that has survived in Hungary. In Pécs, you can see a part of the castle wall and the castle moat next to the circular bastion.

The Barbakán in Pécs is located a few minutes’ walk from the Cathedral, so it can be an excellent stop for a trip to the city center. It is also worth walking up to the top of the gate fortress, because there is an impressive panorama in front of us from this tower.

4. Jami - Candlelight Church of Our Lady

The Candlelight Church of Our Lady in the city center is a unique Turkish-era monument in our country, and the most significant work of Turkish-Islamic architecture in Hungary. You can admire the beautifully decorated prayer booth, the mihrab, oriented in the direction of Mecca, and on some parts of the wall you can discover the calligraphic lines of the Koran. Next to the sacristy and the Szent Mór chapel, you can see the pools used in the former bath of Kászim Pasha Gázi. With the help of modern tools, exciting interactive elements, and animations, the visitor can explore the enchanting place where East and West meet, the sacred spaces of various religions that interact with each other. In this way, in the church, which is considered the symbol of Pécs, we can get to know the external appearance and history of the building, which took on different forms in different ages.

Opening hours info
https://pecsiegyhazmegye.hu/latogatasi-informaciok/nyitva-tartas/nyitva-tartas
The opening hours may be modified by liturgical programs. 

Price information:
Adult: HUF 2,400; Child/student: HUF 1,900;

5. Janus Pannonius Museum

The Janus Pannonius Museum is located in Pécs and is considered to be the largest rural museum in our country, which runs many permanent exhibitions. These include: Csontváry, Vasarely and Zsolnay exhibitions, Modern Hungarian Gallery, Mecseki Mining Exhibition, Martyn exhibition, Sopianae permanent archaeological exhibition, Ethnography, Natural History and Urban History exhibition, Szerecsen Pharmacy Exhibition, Vasváry House.

Price information:
Current ticket prices and payment options: https://www.jpm.hu/belepojegiarak.

6. Vasarely Exhibition

IN THE JANNUS PANNONIUS MUSEUM

Victor Vasarely (Vásárhelyi Győző) is one of the defining figures of 20th century fine art, the initiator and most famous representative of the op art movement. Born in Pécs in 1906, he emigrated to France at a young age, where he created most of his work. The exhibition in Pécs offers a comprehensive picture of all eras of Vasarely’s creative career, from early advertising graphics to abstract geometric and kinetic works to large-scale paintings and textile images that build on the spatial effect of colors. The exhibition also includes the works of the artist’s wife, Claire Vasarely, and his son, Yvaral (Jean-Pierre Vasarely), who continues the tradition of op art.

Opening hours info
10.00 – 17.00
from Tuesday to Sunday / Tuesday – Sunday,  Holiday: Monday

Price information:
Current ticket prices and payment options: https://www.jpm.hu/belepojegiarak.

7. Zsolnai Exhibition

IN THE JANNUS PANNONIUS MUSEUM

At the exhibition, the decorative works of the factory can be seen in chronological order, including groupings according to stylistic trends and designers. Part of the exhibition is the Zsolnay memorial room, opened in 1990, which presents the Zsolnay family’s furniture, furnishings and ornaments, as well as paintings, drawings and photographs of family members.The Zsolnay family founded a museum in 1928 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vilmos Zsolnay. Architectural ceramics and blueprints, construction plans for decorative works, and documents and certificates related to the operation of the factory were included in the museum’s collection, along with personal photos and letters. The factory was founded in 1853 by Miklós Zsolnay, a Pécs merchant, for his son Ignác. He achieved his first success at the World Exhibition in Vienna in 1873. The 1878 World Exhibition in Paris brought Vilmos Zsolnay international success. With his invention presented there, porcelain faience decorated with high-fire glaze, he won the exhibition’s gold medal and an order of honor from the French government. The first world war put an end to the factory’s heyday. After the Treaty of Trianon, they lost most of their markets and sources of raw materials. Between the two world wars, they were mainly engaged in the production of underglaze painted porcelain figurines and decorative dishes, but in the mid-1920s they also renewed the eosin technique, albeit in a simpler form. The factory’s economic foundations were laid in the 1890s from the end of the 20th century, it was provided by the production of architectural ceramics, stove tiles and wall tiles, industrial porcelain, and later sanitary ware. The Zsolnay factory was nationalized in 1948. It still operates today under the names Zsolnay Porcelánmanufaktura Rt. and Zsolnay Porcelángyár Rt.

Opening hours info:
from Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00

Price information:
Current ticket prices and payment options: https://www.jpm.hu/belepojegiarak.

8. Modern Hungarian Gallery

IN THE JANNUS PANNONIUS MUSEUM

At the exhibition, the decorative works of the factory can be seen in chronological order, including groupings according to stylistic trends and designers. Part of the exhibition is the Zsolnay memorial room, opened in 1990, which presents the Zsolnay family’s furniture, furnishings and ornaments, as well as paintings, drawings and photographs of family members.The Zsolnay family founded a museum in 1928 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vilmos Zsolnay. Architectural ceramics and blueprints, construction plans for decorative works, and documents and certificates related to the operation of the factory were included in the museum’s collection, along with personal photos and letters. The factory was founded in 1853 by Miklós Zsolnay, a Pécs merchant, for his son Ignác. He achieved his first success at the World Exhibition in Vienna in 1873. The 1878 World Exhibition in Paris brought Vilmos Zsolnay international success. With his invention presented there, porcelain faience decorated with high-fire glaze, he won the exhibition’s gold medal and an order of honor from the French government. The first world war put an end to the factory’s heyday. After the Treaty of Trianon, they lost most of their markets and sources of raw materials. Between the two world wars, they were mainly engaged in the production of underglaze painted porcelain figurines and decorative dishes, but in the mid-1920s they also renewed the eosin technique, albeit in a simpler form. The factory’s economic foundations were laid in the 1890s from the end of the 20th century, it was provided by the production of architectural ceramics, stove tiles and wall tiles, industrial porcelain, and later sanitary ware. The Zsolnay factory was nationalized in 1948. It still operates today under the names Zsolnay Porcelánmanufaktura Rt. and Zsolnay Porcelángyár Rt.

Opening hours info:
from Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00

Price information:
Current ticket prices and payment options: https://www.jpm.hu/belepojegiarak.

9. Pintér Garden Arboretum

The Pintér Garden Arboretum is located in Pécs, in the Tettye district that climbs up the Mecsek side. It was named after János Pintér (1879-1933), a retired bank official from Pécs. The former owner of the Pintér villa in the garden, János Pintér, was a man interested in botany, and in 1926 he started planting plants around the building. Taking advantage of the area’s favorable climate, he created an evergreen collection garden. In the well-kept garden, there are also many protected plant species, including miracle berries, brussels sprouts, and you can even admire the highly protected Bánát peony. Since 2009, the area has been part of the West Mecsek Landscape Protection District. Visitors can wander through the garden on winding roads and stairs, admiring the woody and herbaceous plants, the two small lakes, and the works of art created in the Nagyharsányi Sculpture Park. The upper part of the garden is very steep, the difference in level within a few hundred meters is more than 70 meters. It can be clearly observed that the trees clinging to the thin soil of the steep slope are very small despite their age. There are several vantage points on the mountain side, from which visitors can enjoy the view of Tettye and the surrounding areas. In addition to deciduous trees, evergreens, shrubs and perennials planted as a collection, more than thirty protected plant species live in the garden. The greatest nature conservation value is represented by the orchid species, but it can be found in the company of many domestic, native plant species, sub-Mediterranean and Mediterranean plants on the southern sides of the Mecsek. There are also two protected plant communities in the area.
The diversity and aesthetic value of the arboretum is further enhanced by the garden pond’s artificial but close-to-nature plant complex and the goldfish pool with the gargoyle putto.

Opening hours info:
Mon – Thurs: 8.00 – 16.00,  Fri: 8.00 – 13.30,  Sat-Sun and holidays: 10.00 – 18.00

10. Tettyei Lime-tufa cave

The Tettyei Lime-tufa cave in Pécs is a unique geological formation. The cavity system was formed in the roughly ten thousand-year-old, loosely structured, thick limestone tuff. The passageways were artificially expanded over the centuries, additional corridors were dug inside the mountain, creating a smaller labyrinth system. The backbone of the exhibition is the „time travel” from the past to the present. The first part is mainly characterized by the natural science approach, which presents the period from the Lower Triassic to the present with spectacular animations, graphics, and installations. In this way, visitors learn about the processes leading to the creation of the cave and its immediate surroundings, as well as the natural properties of the cave, and gain insight into the process of the creation of limestone tufa. The second half of the exhibition focuses on the historical and cultural aspects. Visitors can learn how important the role of water was and is, which created the cave, supplied the town with drinking water, and powered the wheels of the mills located in the Tettye Valley. With the film shown at the end of the time travel, we reach the recent past and then the present. We outline the possible future, an important element of which is environmental awareness and responsible behavior in relation to our built environment.

Opening hours info
from Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-19.00
Drives start every hour, the duration of the drive is 45 minutes.
(the last drive leaves one hour before closing time)
Registration for groups: Tel.: 72/211-830, 30/580-3424
E-mail: barlang@barlangpecs.hu

11. Pécs Zoo and Aquarium-Terrarium

250 species, nearly 1,500 individuals, can be seen in the Pécs Zoo. The living world of the sea and Earth’s waters is presented on the lower level of the reception building. Here, in the 100,000-liter aquarium, visitors can meet reef sharks and emperor fish, but they can also get to know the wildlife of Lake Tanganyika, or watch from the inside how Bonifác, the zoo’s calf seal, plays in the seal pool connected to the main building. The inhabitants of the terrarium await guests upstairs. In the Pécs Zoo, guests can meet white Bengal tigers, chimpanzees, lions, brown bears, Persian leopards, cougar, many types of monkeys and many exotic animals.

Opening hours info
9:00-18:00,

Price information
www.pecszoo.hu

12. János lookout tower

Tubes is the highest point of Pécs and the western part of Mecsek, and its lookout point is one of Pécs’ important tourist monuments. Jánoskilátó is a beautiful lookout tower built of natural stone at the top of the 611 m high Tubes. From the top, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Mecsek and, on a clear day, the contours of Badacsony can be seen in the distant landscape.

It can be visited freely

13. Mecsextrém Park

(Mecsek Extreme Park)

Mecsextrém Park is one of the largest forest adventure parks in the country. One of the big hits of the „giant playground” is a kilometer-long forest bobsleigh track built for the really brave, which leads over ravines, streams and under the foliage of trees. Adrenaline addicts can also enjoy the alpine rope course that spans the trees, the Tyrolean slide, the eight-meter-high steep climbing wall, the snow donut slides, the foot-driven go-kart track, the x-jump, the laser shooting simulator, the 3D hoop used for training astronauts, and a wild bull is waiting.

Opening hours info
http://www.mecsextrem.hu/nyitvatartas

14. Zsolnay Cultural Quarter

Pécs was the European Capital of Culture in 2010. One of the biggest investments of the project is the Zsolnay Cultural District, which after its completion became the most attractive part of the city. The district, which was declared Hungarian in 2014, was built on an area of 5 hectares in the area of the now-destroyed Zsolnay Factory, by renovating the once unused heritage buildings. Various artistic, cultural, cultural and educational institutions were opened as a result. A total of 15 protected monument buildings and 88 public Zsolnay statues decorate the picturesque parks and promenades.The Zsolnay Cultural Quarter can be divided into four parts in terms of functions, the Míves quarter, the Creative quarter, the Children’s and Family quarter and the University quarter, in which exhibitions, theater performances, as well as cafes, restaurants and shops await visitors. In the Zsolnay Quarter, there are unique exhibitions presenting the Zsolnay heritage. Dr. returned home from America. The collection of László Gyugyi, an exhibition of nearly 700 ceramic objects estimated at two billion forints, is called the Golden Age of Zsolnay. The earliest Zsolnay products are on display at the Rózsaszín Exhibition, about 1,200 pieces. These two are complemented by the Family and Factory History Exhibition. On the hill close to the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, the Zsolnay Mausoleum, the resting place of the Zsolnay family, can be seen in its original glory, where 42 lions guard the secret of the Eosin. In the district, city dwellers, tourists, the elderly and the young alike can find meaningful forms of recreation that represent value.

15. Babás Szerkövek - Kővágószőlős

Kővágószőlős is 13 km from Pécs.

On the southern slope of the Mecsek Mountains, a grotesque group of rocks „built” from red sandstone with a strange shape, evoking grotesque human figures: the range of Babás stones rises above the crown of the trees. This strange-sounding name refers to the doll-like shape of the rocks and perhaps to the place of sacrifice (szerkő = altar stone) of our pagan ancestors. However, their strange shape was not shaped by human hands.

The legend of Babás – szerkövek
A long time ago, two rich families lived in the village at the bottom of Jakab Hill. They were constantly competing with each other. Once an unknown beggar came to them. They were chased out of both houses and abused. Then he cursed them: „Turn to stone when you want to be the happiest!” Both farmers had a daughter. They got married one day. This time the wedding people of one house preceded the other. They had already come back from the Jakab-hegy friends’ church, where the wedding took place, when the other was still on his way up. They met just where the road was narrowest above the deep chasm. Neither guest army wanted to avoid the other. The happy fathers competing with each other said at the same time: „Let’s turn to stone, but we won’t escape!” At that moment, the entire wedding party, along with the carriages and horses, turned to stone. They have been standing in line on the mountainside ever since.

16. Jakab hill - Kővágószőlős

Kővágószőlős is 13 km from Pécs.

The Jakab-hill nature reserve, which was built from Triassic rock, has the most important cultural and historical value of the Iron Age earthen castle and mound graves. The large amount of bronze waste and pots in the ground of the mound graves and the earthen rampart testify that the first inhabitants of the hill were not the builders of the earthen castle, but another people who lived 100-200 years before them, living in the Late Bronze Age (around 1000-900 BC), whose name we don’t know, and whom archeology calls the people of the urn field culture because of their characteristic burial habits. Their high-altitude settlement was at the top of Mount Jakab after the destruction of the settlement in the 1st century B.C. In the IX-VIII centuries, during the early Iron Age, another people built the huge ramparts for defensive purposes. Their burial place was outside the earthen castle, on its western side. Hundreds of mass graves rise to the west, the height of which varies, including 1-1.5 and 4-5 m high ones. Inside all mass graves there is a burial chamber built of stone or wooden beams, which was raised above the funeral pyre. A few scattered finds from Jakab-hegy indicate that in B.C. II. century, the earth castle was seized by the Celts and occupied until the Roman subjugation, around the beginning of our era.

The legend of Jakab Hill
A strong castle once stood on its top. The lord of the castle looted so much treasure that he didn’t even know where to hide it anymore. He dug a deep well under the castle and hid it there: the gold in one tub, the silver in the other. The golden tub is guarded by a cursed king in the form of a rooster, the silver by another king in the form of a dragon. The lord of the castle was lost in the war, and his treasure is still hidden deep in the mountain. No one can access it.

17. Bat Museum - Abaliget

Abaliget is 18 km from Pécs.

Bats have captured the imagination of people for thousands of years, but different cultures in different parts of the world relate to them in completely different ways. In the Eastern part of the world, the bat plays a positive role, it often appears in paintings and carvings as a mystical creature that brings good luck. On the other hand, in Europe and in the Christian cultural circle, it has always been the personification of bad and evil, so it is not surprising that many superstitions and misconceptions leave their mark on people’s relationship with bats even today. Bats live everywhere except the arctic regions. About 1,000 species are known, of which 38 occur regularly in Europe. 28 species live in Hungary, all of which – including 8 species – are protected.

The Abaliget Bat Museum was established in 2004 by the Danube-Dráva National Park Directorate. In 2019, the museum building underwent a complete renovation, including an exhibition showing the life of bats. During an adventurous walk – over the roofs, in the yard, in the workshop – visitors can often gather astonishing knowledge about bats. Spectacular, interactive, thought-provoking installations show, among other things, the similarity between the body structure of humans and bats, the nutrition and habitats of flying mammals, and the characteristics of bat species around the world. The orientation of bats is no less mysterious, and the museum reveals many „secrets” about it.

Opening hours info
daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m,  Entrance tickets to the Bat Museum can be purchased at the cave’s ticket office.

Price information:
Adult: HUF 1,000; Child/student: HUF 800;

18. Abaliget Cave - Abaliget

Abaliget is 18 km from Pécs.

One of the best-known and most popular natural attractions in Mecsek is the Abaligeti cave. As a result of continuous research, its 466-meter main branch and its three difficult-to-navigate side branches became known. The cave is constantly changing even today, invisible to the human eye. This is ensured by a stream running along the entire length of the route. The cave is an important roost for bats, and hundreds of small and large horseshoe bats can be observed in the winter. The built-up main branch of the cave can be walked comfortably in street clothes. The branches are not open to the general public, but only to researchers. Among its specially shaped formations, it has been given several names, so you can see here, among others, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Flórián Fountain, the Calvary, the Elephant’s Head, the ruins of Carthage, or the Niagara Falls. Legends and beliefs are often connected to the rocks and stalactite formations, which the guide tells on the tour. One such example is the „Floating Stone” located high above, which moves when an unfaithful hiker passes under it. The cave has an average temperature of 12 °C, and its climate brings relief to those suffering from respiratory, allergic and asthmatic diseases. The cave can be visited by guided tour, which departs every hour. The last drive starts one hour before closing time.

Opening hours info
every day 9.00 – 18.00
Groups depart every full hour, with the last drive one hour before closing time.

Price information
Adult: HUF 2,000; Child/student: HUF 1,500;

19. Bat Learning-path - Abaliget

Abaliget is 18 km from Pécs.

The Abaliget Nature Trail, located in the western part of Mecsek, presents the diverse wildlife around the stalactite cave operated by the Danube-Dráva National Park Administration, the natural processes, and the impact of different management methods on nature.

– length: 5 kilometers,
– number of stations: 13,
– travel time: approx. 3 hours.

The route of the educational trail consists of three interconnected circular tours of different difficulty (small – approx. 2 km, medium – approx. 3 km, large – approx. 5 km). Based on the map at the starting point next to the entrance to the Abaligeti cave, the visitor can decide which route to take. The route can be followed by following the bat sign. When you reach a station on the designated route – indicated by a number painted on a tree – you can read from the booklet issued for the educational trail what is to be said at the given location, but the small publication also tries to present the typical flora and fauna between the stations. The guidebook can be downloaded from the website of the Danube-Dráva National Park Directorate.

21. The Small-lake (Kistó) Beach

15 km from Pécs, the first lake of the lake system in Megyek-Hegyhát is Lake Orfűi, known to the locals as Kistó. Lake Orfűi operates as the only licensed open water beach in the Pécs area. The beach itself is about 2 hectares in size, with a sandy bottom all along. The beach can accommodate 2,500 people. The lake, which was restored in 2002, is suitable for bathing as well as for many types of water sports. The beach has built-in walkways, a sports field, free minigolf and a beach buffet. The rest of the lake functions as a fishing lake.

Opening hours info
Every day from 9.00 to 20.00.  It mays change depending on the weather, we will publish up-to-date information on this on the „Kistó Strand” Facebook page.

Price information:

Adult full day: HUF 2,500 – student full day: HUF 1,900 – group full day (from 15 people for student groups): HUF 1,600 – adult afternoon from 3 p.m.: HUF 2,100 – student afternoon from 3 p.m.: HUF 1,600 – group afternoon from 3 p.m. ( for student groups from 15 people): HUF 1,400

22. Harkány spa and beach bath

Harkány 32 km from Pécs.

In Harkány’s 13.5-hectare ancient park, among centuries-old trees and Zsolnay’s eosin fountains, you can find the Harkány Spa and Beach Bath, which is one of the most famous spas in Central Europe.

Spa:
In the Harkányi Spa, not only the spontaneous effect of the medicinal water prevails. Its natural features are excellent: its favorable climate, the microclimate of the spa, and the 2100-2200 hours of sunshine per year are an excellent addition to a carefully planned spa treatment. In the spa, which was renovated in 2003, one fully, one semi-covered and one open spa pool with a total of 2,098 m2 of water surface, a water depth of 110-153 cm and a water temperature of 34-38 C° ensure healing for our guests.

Beach bath:
Those who want to relax can find their solution with the continuous, renewed monthly wellness promotions, as well as those who come for rehabilitation with medical treatments based on the beneficial effect of water. In addition to the therapeutic pools, the sparkling and experience pools, saunas and steam cabins of the viewing spa await guests who want to relax all year round. The latest pride of the spa is the slide park, which can be used free of charge and without restrictions. The largest slide park in Southern Transdanubia can be used by beach guests for free and without restrictions. The complex is 15 m high and has a total of 7 types of slides (including family, body, turbolance, ufo and kamikaze slides). Its indoor and outdoor slides, with or without mattresses, can be enjoyed by young and old alike. they make the beach their destination.

Opening hours info
https://harkanyfurdo.hu/nyitvatartas

23. Siklós castle

Siklós is 28 km from Pécs
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The Siklós Castle is one of the most well-preserved military installations and also one of the most significant Hungarian Renaissance-style buildings. Today it is the site of cultural events, castle games, and exhibitions. The film series „Captain of Tenkes” was also filmed here.
The Franciscan church inside the outer castle wall dates back to the 14th century. was built in the century. Dedicated to Saint Anne. XV next to the church. The Kerámia Alkotóház operates in a 19th-century monastery, and its international fine art exhibition welcomes visitors.
During the Ottoman rule, the Turks used the castle as a fortress. Mosques were built in the suburbs, and the Malkocs bey mosque, surrounded by a rose grove, stood out among them. Nowadays, it functions as both a museum and a house of worship.

Opening hours info
Mon – Sun: 9.30 – 17.00

24. Wine cellars, winetasting - Villánykövesd

Villánykövesd is 31 km from Pécs.

Thanks to the German settlers, in the second half of the 1700s, grape production began to develop strongly and Villánykövesd became an important grape-growing area. It was then that the construction of the three-story „cellar wall” began, which did not take its final form until the middle of the 20th century. The row of cellars is embedded in the hillside at the border of the village, the cellars are close together in a „sawtooth” arrangement. In the street behind and above the first row, on the hill, „one floor higher”, this particular method of basement construction was repeated. 58 of the building complex consisting of approximately 70 cellars have been under national monument protection since 1983.

Our wine-growing region, located in the southernmost part of the country, is also the most famous, in which the culture of grape growing for many centuries played just as much a role as the climate and the excellent soil. The Villány wine region has become the first domestic bastion of wine tourism, the country’s first Wine Route runs here, and it is the site of numerous architectural and cultural heritage sites. Although it owes its reputation mostly to its high-quality red wines, the area of the Villány Mountains is much more diverse than that. The picture would not be complete without tasting the excellent wines made from Italian Riesling, Lime Leaf, Chardonnay and other white grape varieties.

25. Máriagyűd a place of worship

Márigyűd is 26 km from Pécs.

Máriagyűd is one of the oldest places of worship in Hungary. Máriagyűd is suitable for quieting down and paying attention to God. Dare to open the door to God, he wants to be present in our lives with his wonderful plan, this is the centuries-old message of Máriagyűd. Máriagyűd is the spiritual center of the diocese of Pécs. A place for farewells and spiritual exercises.

A short history of Máriagyűd
Its history dates back to Roman times. The occupiers take over the veneration of the Virgin from the Christians living here. In 1006, a chapel was built by the Benedictines of Pécsvárad. In the 11th century II. King Géza expanded the chapel. The church survived the Turkish times. Serbs and then the Reformed used it for worship. The contemporary statue of Mary has been lost. After the Turks left, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the residents of Siklós, Mátyás Ispán and János Kopics, who were coming home from work on the mountain. Our Lady asks that the church be returned to the Catholics. In 1687, Gábor Vechi, lord of Szigetvár, gave the church back to the Catholics by order of Emperor Lipót. In the 18th century, miraculous apparitions occurred again. The current statue of Mary was donated by Ferenc Nesselrode, bishop of Pécs, in 1713. Between 1739-42, the church was enlarged and the monastery was built with the donations of the faithful and the support of the Batthyány family.
In the 1700s, 302 miraculous healings were recorded in the monastery’s annals. Due to the miraculous cures in 1805 VII. Pope Pius officially declares Máriagyűd a place of worship.

Heading to the right of the church, above the flight of stairs is the open-air altar. This is the place for common summer masses and pilgrimages. The calvary stretches upwards from here. The Holy Sepulcer chapel is a monument, its stations were made of fired glazed ceramics by the Zsolnay Factory in Pécs. Beneath the cemetery, a shady row of wild chestnuts leads to the resting place of the Great Lady of the Hungarians. The jubilee crucifix rises even higher to the right, in the middle of the hillside. The corpus is the work of sculptor György Kiss. It is also called Honey Jesus because wild bees used to make nests in it and in the heat of the summer the honey drips from the body’s toes. It was erected in 1900 for the turn of the century and the 900-year celebration of Hungarians becoming Christians. The road ends here. On the way back, the path to the right below the statue of the Virgin leads back to the Győd church. The renovation of the church will be completed by 1996. On September 14, 2008, it received the rank of Basilica Minor from Pope Benedict.
The tourist route starts to the left of the statue of the Virgin Mary in Máriagyűd.  This walk takes 40 minutes on easy terrain.

             source: https://pecs.kornyeke.hu/latnivalok-programok