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Sights of Szekszárd

 
The sights of Szekszárd can be reached on foot, there are not big distances.


The heart of the town is Béla square, which can be starting point of our walk. The square is guarded by the coptic church built in 1805. It is famous for being the largest one-nave church in Middle-Europe. You can listen to the chimes of the bells three times a day. On the other side of the square there is the Holy Trinity statue preserving the sad memory of plague amid the dense traffic of cars. Béle square is closed by the Town Hall on the West and the old County Hall on the East.
 

Béla square

Chatolic church

Holy Trinity

County Hall


Pollack Mihály designed the old classicist block, which was bulit in 1836, the memory of the handing over is preserved by yews standing in the inner courtyard.

Here are the ruins of the monastery, founded by King Béla 1st and was built in 1061. A priory and a castle were also built around it. The statue of King Béla 1st, who played important role in the stabilization of Christianity, can be found on the square bearing his name. It is the work of Lessenyey Mária. The county Hall now houses offices and the achives, in the latter one you can visit exhibitions.
 
King Béla 1stWine Well
 

The richly decorated Wine Well, which is the work of Baky Péter and Szatmári Juhos László, is on the outer courtyard of the building. The taps of the well give wine on important dates.

With a few-minute walk we get to the birthplace of Babits Mihály, the famous poet (Babits u. 13). In the modest building the memorial museum works, childhood memories, the furniture of the guestroom, written relics and the bronze statue of the poet (the work of Farkas Pál sculptor) welcomes the visitor.

We can also reach Garay square with a few-minute walk. There stands the statue of Garay János (work of Szárnovszky János, dedicated in 1898). The poet raised the character of Háry János into literature and also wrote about the wine of Szekszárd. One of the dominant buildings of the square is Hungary's only German-language theatre. It is worth collecting information about its program. The characteristic building of Augusz House is not only a sight of architecture but of cultural history (Széchenyi u. 36-40). It was built by Count Augusz Antal and Liszt Ferenc visited it four times. Its memory is preserved with a memory tablet on the wall. Today it houses the music school, bearing his name. Probably preserving the memory of the master, Szekszárd has a traditionally high standard of music life situated in the House of the Arts (Szent István tér 20).

The former synagogue was reborn by the plans of Kerényi József, and nowadays it houses the works of comtemporary and classic artists nad high standard concerts. The prides of the building are the organ played on concerts, the lighting sculpture replacing the chandelier, the arch opposite the entrance which once was a support to the colums.

The impressive building of the Wosinsky Mór County museum is right next to this building ( Szent István tér 26). The bronze portrait of the founder which is the work of Farkas Pál can be seen in front of the entrance. Several permanent and seasonal exhibitions wait for the visitors. The museum was founded by Count Apponyi Sándor and abbot vicar Wossinsky Mór in 1902.

If you have the time have a look at Szekszárd from a birds eye view. You can get to the look-out tower (work of Kiss István sculptor) with a few-minute trip.

Looking around you both see the cultivated vineyards up the hills and the town preserving its characteristic features and developing its role as a ounty town, with its new and old parts.

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