european capital of culture 2010


Zsolnay Cultural Quarter - Pécs

One of the most important development of the European Capital of Culture 2010 Programme was the renovation of the deteriorated, mostly unused historic building stock of the Zsolnay Factory, and to make the area an attractive cultural district and lively recreation area by settling in various cultural, public educational and teaching functions. It costed more than 11 billion HUF in total, which was also one of the most monumental industrial historic building-reconstruction in Central Europe. Through the renovation of 40 thousand square metres of buildings in a 5 hectare area, one of the largest cultural centre established in Hungary. The area is utilised many ways after the renewal: the Zsolny Manufacture moved to the eastern part of the area, on its previous place there settled a cultural-artistic zone which is going to be a new attraction not only on the touristic palette of the city but the inhabitants enriched also with an establishment providing brand new, full of content recreation. Most of the current building stocks consist of the old factory units. The Quarter gives place to conference-, lecture-, exhibition halls, education and training rooms as well as the Historical Exhibition of the Zsolnay Family and Factory in the so-called Míves Quarter, the famous Zsolnay-porcelain collection of László Gugyi and the Zsolnay Mausoleum.

(The Zsolnay Factory, with its industrial, artistic and cultural effects, had an outstanding importance in the development process of the Hungarian culture of industrial arts in the 19th century and the urban development of Pécs in the modern times. The Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture established by Miklós Zsolnay was made stone pots, building ceramics and other building construction elements. The World Exhibition in 1878 brought huge international success to the family; Pécs became the centre of the Hungarian industrial arts.)