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PÉCS CATHEDRAL

PÉCS CATHEDRAL
Pécs, Hungary
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BACKGROUND

Pécs Cathedral has been a prominent feature of this Hungarian cityscape for centuries. In 1064, after a fire destroyed a Romanesque basilica, the King of Hungary, Peter Orseolo, initiated construction of Pécs Cathedral where the old church had stood. Completed in the twelfth century, it features Romanesque stone carvings of exceptional artistic value. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In the early 1990s, WMF, in partnership with the Pécs Cathedral Museum Foundation, undertook emergency interventions with particular attention to the conservation needs of the Romanesque carvings and sculptures. Documentation and conservation planning extended to training opportunities to encourage greater local participation in the work at the site. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Pécs Cathedral is an important cultural, architectural, and artistic landmark and its rich decorative campaigns demonstrate the cultural importance the site holds. The cathedral illustrates the reach of Italian, German, and French cultural influences in the region and has nineteenth-century works by renowned German artist Karoly Lotz and Hungarian Romantic painter Bertalan Szekely.