The St. Bartholomew Chapel

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The St. Bartholomew Chapel

The St. Bartholomew Chapel
7624 Pécs, Szent Bertalan u.

Downhill from Dömörkapu, a steep slope takes you to the chapel named after St. Bartholomew. The chapel was built in 1794 in a late Baroque style, and rebuilt in 1828. The original Baroque main altar is also under protection of monuments.

The church was built originally mainly for Bosnian winegrowers who moved here after the expulsion of the Turks. Hungarian and Croatian language masses took place every day.
St. Bartholomew suffered martyrdom; he was skinned alive. In his iconography, he carries his skin peeled down on a stick on his back. In Hungary the feast of the Bartholomew churches is also the celebration of the coming of the change, of the autumn. Harvesting, thanks-giving, the cultivation of the soil start in this period, and this is the time for grape harvest. In the "St. Bartholomew vineyard" of Pécs, the steep road to the Bartholomew-chapel is called "the road of Jesus". For a long time a hermit stayed with the wine to pray for a good crop. The chapel's celebration is also visited by the population of neighbouring villages. Bartholomew is the guardian of the vineyards.
You can make a light excursion from the chapel along the tourist routes marked.

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