Hungary: Pecs

Pecs is located in southern Hungary, close to the Croatian border, and the city is a smorgasbord of historic monuments and architectural gems covering the over two thousand years of its history. The city dates back to Celtic and Roman times, as two UNESCO World heritage sites attest to – Necropolis of Sopianae and Cella Septichora – both mere ruins. Pecs spent over 150 years under Ottoman rule and two historic centuries-old mosque remain from this period – Gazi Kasim Mosque and Hassan Pasa Mosque, both from the 15th century. There is also the 14th century University of Pecs, 12th century Bishop’s Palace, ornate Pecs Synagogue from 1869, and many old 19th century buildings, especially around the central square.