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Photographer's Note

In Istanbul it is possible to find churches converted into mosques, in southern Spain mosques converted into churches... and also in Pecs, in southern Hungary.

The Ottoman period of this city began in 1543, and it became an important administrative and cultural centre, to the extent that Turkish literary history refers to the Pecs school of poetry.

In 1580 the medieval St. Bartholomew Church was demolished, and the mosque of Pasha Ghazi Kassim was built. When the Turks left, it was converted into a church, the Belvarosi templom.

Note the cross/crescent top.

Inside, it's now a strange mix of Islamic and Catholic decorations.

By the way, in 2010 Pecs will be one of the "cultural capitals" of Europe, together with Istanbul and Essen.

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