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Episcopate of Pécs to be preserved

  • In the old cathedral city of Pécs, some of the more than thousand-year old cultural heritage linked to the cathedral is to be restored with support from the Norway Grants

    Pécs is the 5th largest city in Hungary. The medieval town was first mentioned in 1871 under the name Quinque Basilicae which refers to the fact that material from 5 old Christian churches was used to build the city.

    The present cathedral was rebuilt around the year 1100 after a fire. In addition to restoration works on the cathedral, Norway supports the renovation of the Dom Square buildings, the Prebendal Archives and Palace of Episcopate. These are buildings in the classical baroque style.
    Pécs today is a pleasant university town. The area has been inhabited since ancient times, with the oldest archaeological findings dating back 6000 years. In 2010, Pécs is one of the European Capitals of Culture along with Essen and Istanbul.

    Photo: Tamas Bujnovszky, Riksantikvaren

  • Country:


    Project title:

    The preservation of the cultural and historical heritage of the thousand year old Episcopate of Pécs

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Conservation of European cultural heritage


    € 1 199 853



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Pécsi Egyházmegye

    Type of institution:


    Project duration:

    13 months

    Project cost:

    € 1,417,804

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    22 September 2008

    The purpose of the Project is to improve the touristic appeal of the city of Pécs through renovation of the Basilica of Pécs and the Dom Square buildings Prebendal Archives and Palace of Episcopate, with the overall objective of protecting and promoting cultural heritage. Reference is made to the application dated 8 December 2007 and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - Renovation of the four façades of the Pécs Basilica;

    - Renovation of three façades of the Prebendal Archives;

    - Renovating the eastern and western façades of the Palace of Episcopate and;

    - Project management, public procurement and publicity activities.

    The Project Promoter is Pecsi Egyhazmegye (the Diocese of Pécs).

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Baranya County Local Government shall provide at least 15.14 percent of the estimated eligible Project cost.