The city of Pécs is considered a cultural and arts center of the country with a rich heritage of architectural landmarks from the age of a 150-year-long Ottoman occupation, like the Victorious on Széchenyi square and the mosque of Pasha Qasim.
The city has a significant mining past. Mecsek dolomitic water is famous for its high density of minerals. It has a very favorable climate by the border of a still flourishing woody area. During the hot summer nights, a cooling air streams down from Mecsek to clean the air of the city.
Its location in the midst of an agricultural area means Pécs is a natural hub of local products. Pécs is also known for its leatherworking industry.
Students coming to study in Pécs can expect a relaxing environment in a city that was given in 1998 the UNESCO prize Cities for Peace for maintaining the cultures of the minorities, and for its tolerant and helping attitude toward refugees.
Main Attractions in Pécs:
- Pecs Cathedral
- Szechenyi Ter
- Zsolnay Cultural Quarter
- National Theatre of Pecs
Education in Pécs
The University of Pécs was founded in 1367. It is the oldest university in Hungary, one of the first European universities. It used to be divided into two universities, one for Medicine and Orthodontics and a larger one for other studies: JPTE. These universities were later combined under the name University of Pécs. The Medical School has a large English program for general medicine and dentistry (with students from America, Asia, Africa, and European countries - including many Scandinavians) and a new German program.