Mosque of Pasha Qasim

 

Mosque of Gasi Khasim pasha at Pecs main square.

Built between 1543 and 1546, this impressive building was the creation of Pasha Gazi Qasim after Turkish occupation of Hungary in the 16th century. It has been used for Christian worship since 1868 leading to interior renovations in order to suit. However, the exterior looks exactly the same as it did when it was first constructed. With its ogee windows and a mihrab the building still contains many original features and elements of Ottoman design. Visitors can even find poems from the Koran written on the walls. This is a truly unique building which incorporates both Christian and Islamic design, as presented through the combined symbols of the crescent moon and the cross on the top of the dome.

Mosque of Pasha Qasim 1546, today catholic church

The most iconic building in the city center is the Gazi Kasim Mosque. Pécs is the richest town in Hungary in terms of Turkish architecture. Under Turkish occupation, the city changed radically. Most churches got converted and Islamic architecture flourished. Remains include the Gazi Kasim Mosque, where the crescent moon and cross of Islam are still visible, the ruins of Memi Pasa’s Baths, the Minaret in the Jakovali Hassan Mosque, and the mausoleum of Idris Baba.

Mosque of pasha Qasim, catholic church, interior

The Gazi Kasim Mosque is in the middle of Széchenyi tér, the main square of the city. Be sure to check out the Mecsek Cukrászda, also located in the square, for delicious cakes.

 



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