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Facts About Pécs
Pécs has an informal friendship link with Peterborough, England.
In 2010, Pécs was selected to be the European Capital of Culture alongside Essen and Istanbul.
Pécs is located in the Carpathian Basin of Central Europe, in the centre of the southern Hungarian county of Baranya.
The Pécs motto is “The Borderless City”. After receiving the title major renewal started in the city.
Pécs is the administrative and economic centre of Baranya County.
Pécs is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pécs.
The earliest name for the territory was its Roman name of Sopianæ.
Pécs is twinned with Arad, Romania; Beyoğlu, Turkey; Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Fellbach, Germany; Graz, Austria; Kraków, Poland; Kütahya, Turkey; Lahti, Finland; Namur, Belgium; Novi Sad, Serbia; Olomouc, Czech Republic; Osijek, Croatia; Seattle, United States; Shiraz, Iran; Shkodër, Albania; Sliven, Bulgaria; Terracina, Italy; Tucson, United States; Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Zagreb, Croatia.
The University of Pécs was founded by Louis I of Hungary in 1367. It is the oldest university in Hungary and is among the first European universities.
The medieval city was first mentioned in 871 under the name Quinque Basilicae (“five cathedrals”.)