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Hungary’s Pécs To Receive Prestigious UNESCO Award

By Tamás Székely // 2017.01.23.

Pécs is the first Hungarian city to have won UNESCO’s Global Learning City Award this year, the local council and Pecs University said on Friday.

UNESCO has granted the award to the south Hungarian city along with other 15 cities in recognition of their outstanding and tangible efforts in “promoting access to education and lifelong learning,” they said in a joint statement.

“Pécs has initiated a forum to serve as a platform for experts and stakeholders to further learning city development,” they quoted UNESCO’s release as saying. The award will be presented during the 3rd International Conference on Learning Cities in Cork, Ireland, to take place between September 18 and 20, said UNESCO.

Home to the world-famous Zsolnay ceramics and the largest Turkish ruins in Hungary, Pécs is a city of art and history in South Hungary. The city is primarly known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest Early Christian burial chamber found outside Italy, the Necropolis of Sopianae, which dates back to the fourth century. South of Pécs lies the famous Villány region, Hungary’s most southerly wine region, known for its full-bodied and spicy reds.

via and MTI