Pécs World Heritage site damaged by rain

Leaks appeared and the ground sunk at the Early Christian Necropolis.

2010-06-04 09:19

Heavy rainfalls hitting much of Hungary have caused water leaks damaging the Early Christian Necropolis in Pecs (S Hungary), a UNESCO World Heritage site, an official of the local preservation company told MTI on Thursday.


Leaks have appeared at the visitors' hall entrance leading to the underground burial chambers and the ground has also sunk, said Anita Bozoky of Pecs/Sopianae Orokseg.


The invaluable murals decorating tombs have not been damaged, but one of the burial chambers had to be temporarily closed, she said. After repair work the site is expected to reopen this weekend, she added.


The Necropolis of Pecs contains a number of underground tombs with impressive murals depicting Christian themes.

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