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Walk in Szekszárd

A walk in Szekszárd

The sights of Szekszárd can be reached on foot, there are no big distances.
The heart of the town is King Béla Square, which can be a starting point during our
walk. The square is guarded by the church built in 1805 in the style of the age of
Louis 16th in France, and it is famous for being the largest single-naved church in
Middle-Europe. You can listen to the chimes of bells three times a day. On the
opposite side, there is the statue of the Holy Trinity preserving the sad memory of
the plague amid the dense traffic of the cars. The square is closed by the Town Hall
on the West and the County Hall on the East.
Holy Trinity and King Béla church   Town Hall   County hall                                        

The classicist block was designed by Pollack Mihály, it was built in 1836, and the
memory of the handing over is preserved by yeews on the inner yard. Also, here are
the ruins of the monastery founded by King Béla 1st and built in 1061, around
which a priory and a castle was also built. The statue of Béla 1st

The statue of Béla 1st, who played an important role in stabilizing Christianity, can be found on the square bearing his name, and it is the work of Lessenyei Márta. The old County Hall now houses offices and the archives, you can visit exhibitions in the latter one.Wine Fountain
 The richly decorated Wine Fountain is on the outer yard of the building, and it is he work of Baky Péter and Szatmári Juhos László. On important dates the taps of the Wine Well give wine.
 

 

 

Babits Mihály BirthplaceWith a few minutes of walk we get to the birthplace of the famous poet, Babits Mihály (Babits u. 13.). A Memorial Museum works in the modest building, childhood memories, the furniture of the guestroom, written relics and the bronze statue of the poet, the work of Farkas Pál sculptor, welcome the visitor.
We also reach Garay tér from Béla tér, with the statue of Garay János (work of Szárnovszky Ferenc, dedicated in 1898), the poet raised the character of Háry János into literature, and also repeatedly wrote about the Szekszárd wine.
One of the dominant buildings of the square is the German Theatre (Garay tér 4.)
where the only German language theater of the country works, and it is worthAugusz house collecting information about its program. The characteristic building of the Augusz house is not only a sight of architecture but also of cultural history (Széchenyi u. 36- 40.), which was built by Baron Augusz Antal and which Liszt Ferenc visited four times. Its memory is preserved with a memorial tablet on the wall of the building, and is immortalized by the music school bearing his name.
  

House of ArtsProbably, preserving the memory of the master, Szekszárd has a traditionally highstandard musiclife even today, which is deservedly situated in the House of Arts(Szent István tér 28.).
The once synagogue was reborn based on the plans of architect Kerényi József, and nowadays it houses the works of contemporary and classic artists, high standard concerts. One of the prides of the building is the organ played on concerts, the lighting sculpture replacing the chandelier, and the arch opposite the entrance, which is a modern support to the one-time columns.
 

We find the impressive building of the Wosinsky Mór County Museum right nextWosinsky Mór County Museum
to this building (Szent István tér 26.). The bronze portrait of the founder of the
museum is in front of the entrance, it is the work of Farkas Pál.
Many permanent and seasonal exhibitions await the visitors in the museum
founded by Count Apponyi Sándor and abbot-vicar in 1896.
 

 

Look-out TowerIf you have time it is worth having a look at Szekszárd from a bird’s eye view, we canget to the Look-out Tower (the work of sculptor Kiss István) with a few-minute trip.
Looking around we can see both the carefully cultivated vineyards climbing up the hills, and the town preserving its small town characteristics and developing its role as a county town, with its new and old parts.

 

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