Saint Bartolomew bell tower

The mosque of the late pasha Quasim in Széchenyi Square now serves as a Roman Catholic parish-church. Around the millennium, the congregation wanted to erect a belltower to the building that had already received a new apse in the 1930ies. The rear part of the square was the right place to do so, where the remains of Saint Bartholomew?s church were recovered, a church that stood there in the Middle Ages prior to the mosque. The ruins of the wall were incorporated into the new building, emphasised by a seating bench made of concrete; the unusually structured belltower is standing in its bay. The protected city skyline did not allow for an outstanding structure, therefore the three metal poles of the tower bearing the bells only rise up high four times a day, and spend the rest of the time in a 13 meter deep cove dug by miners of Pécs. Sándor Rétfalvi?s statue of St. Bartholomew stands at the feet of the metal tower, in memory of the martyr who was skinned alive, then crucified and decapitated around 70 A.D. The chime is played at 7 a.m., 12 a.m., 5:50 p.m., and 7 p.m. every day.

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