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Railwayman Heroes Memorial - Pécs
The memorial was made by Gyula Kőszeghy and it was installed in 1938.The memorial was placed in 1938 in front of the main building of Hungarian State Railways. The statue was composed into the curved fence that surrounds the building. The whole statue was made of the same material as the fence - ashlar with rustic surface - with two short buttress on both sides originally with an iron ball on the top of them in order to keep the flames - these are missing. A thick chain is hanging between the buttress. The statue itself have a pyramid shape with a narrow square at the top of it. Downside there is a marble with an inscription on it: For the memory of the railwayman died heroic deaths for the country, 1914-1918. (13, 12, 13 names inscribed). In front of the pyramid there is a huge iron sword.
Type of WWI-heritage
- War monument
State of repair/preservation
No data available.
Historical WWI Context
The World War I had brought a devastation and suffering to the citizens of Pécs too. But there were a lot of people who had demonstrated selfless charity. Therefore civil organizations, societies, especially the Ladies Aid Society Of Pécs and the local team of the Red Cross played a main role in the cooperation of the home-front activities. By taking turns in total 57 nurses and doctors supported hospital treatment behind the frontlines.
State of legal protection
protected (Ruled by the Act LXIV of 2001 https://net.jogtar.hu/jr/gen/hjegy_doc.cgi?docid=a0100064.tv )
Kind of cultural use of WWI
No Information available
The Baka múzeum in Szekszárd is open Saturdays 9.00-13.00
Other visiting opportunities may be arranged for groups or non-locals by contacting György Borbandi (tel.: +36302260868, e-mail: email@example.com) or Zoltán Tálosi (tel.: +36304571022, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information about “Új világ született” exhibition visit:
The Museum of Military History is opened from Tuesday till Sunday, form 9.00 – 17.00.
(tel: +36 1 325-1600; e-mail: email@example.com )
Entry to the Baka Museum in Szekszárd is free of charge, the entry to “Új világ született” exhibition is 3000 HUF, while the entry to the Museum of Military History is 1.500 HUF.
Information regarding cities, villages, other touristic attractions (non-WWI) nearby
The city of Pécs is home to countless tourist attractions. It has been inhabited since the Roman ages, when it was called Sopianae. One of the main tourist attractions is the Early Christian Cemetery which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. This heritage site can be accessed through the Cella Septichora Visitor’s Centre. Medieval relics can be found in the Dóm Museum. The present neo-romanesque cathedral was built at the end of the 19th century. During the 16th century Pécs was occupied by the Turkish, and the modern cityscape has preserved some of its built heritage. The main attraction is the mosque of pasha Gazi Kasim, which is found on the main square (Széchenyi tér) of the city. Another important element of Pécs’ heritage is Zsolnay porcelain, their legacy being carried on and rejuvenated by the founding of the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, which has become a new cultural scene in the city. Further tourist information about Pécs can be found at: http://www.iranypecs.hu/en/ and http://www.zsolnaynegyed.hu/
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Search: Pécs, (Baranya, Hungary)
Pécs can be accessed by train and coach also. InterCity trains leave from Budapest, Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern railway station) every two hours. The trip is 3 hours long. Timetables can be found at https://www.mavcsoport.hu/en. Coaches leave from Népliget Bus Terminal (https://www.volanbusz.hu/en/travel-information/our-stations/budapest#nepliget), the trip is about 4 hours long. Coach timetables can be found at www.menetrendek.hu and clicking on “csak Volán járatok”.
Further information sources
Other heritage sites nearby
Museums Private Collections
There is a museum in Szekszárd (60 km north of Pécs in Tolna county) dedicated to the infantryman of Tolna county who served in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. It is the private collection of György Borbandi and Zoltán Tálosi that has been made available for public viewing. Hungarian language website: http://bakamuzeum.hupont.hu/
Address: Béla király tér 1., Vár köz, 7100 Szekszárd
„Új világ született“(„A New World Was Born“) permanent exhibition guides visitors from the belle époque through wartime enthusiasm to bitter disillusionment on over 600 square metres. The exhibition brings the horrors of war closer to the spectators of today with the help of exceptional visual devices.
Address: Várkert Bazár, Dél Palota, Ybl Miklós Square 6., 1013 Budapest
There is another permanent exhibition in the Museum of Military History in Budapest with the title, „Hungary in the Great War 1914-1918“.
Address: Kapisztrán Square 2-4, 1014 Budapest
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