Paks

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Paks
The Heart of Jesus Church
The Heart of Jesus Church
Coat of arms of Paks
Coat of arms
Paks is located in Hungary
Paks
Paks
Location of Paks
Coordinates: 46°37′19″N 18°51′21″E / 46.622047°N 18.855918°E / 46.622047; 18.855918Coordinates: 46°37′19″N 18°51′21″E / 46.622047°N 18.855918°E / 46.622047; 18.855918
Country  Hungary
County Tolna
Area
 • Total 154.08 km2 (59.49 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 19,833
 • Density 137/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 7030
Area code(s) 75
Újváros ("New City") for nuclear power plant workers under construction, 1970s

Paks is a town in Tolna county, central Hungary, on the banks of the Danube River. Paks is the home of the only Hungarian nuclear power plant, which provides about 40% the country's electricity.

In the last century several mansions were built in the centre of the old town, such as those in Szent István tér, the main square of the town. The Roman Catholic three-isled, basilica style Heart of Jesus church was consecrated in 1901. There is a tablet in the wall of the baroque Szeniczey mansion to commemorate Ferenc Deák, 'the Sage of the Country'. The Town Museum is housed in the former Cseh-Vigyázó mansion. The Calvinist and the Lutheran churches were built in 1775 and 1884 respectively.

The gold jewellery from the hoard found near Paks (1600-1200 BC)

The Catholic Holy Spirit church, built according to the design of Imre Makovecz, is an outstanding work of 20th-century architecture. There is a hundred-year-old chestnut alley lining the walkway on the Danube River bank. The town hosts the Spring Festival at Whitsuntide and the International Festival of Blues, Jazz, Rock and Gastronomy.

Paksi SE (Paks or PSE) is a Hungarian football club based in Paks.

Atomerőmű SE is a Hungarian basketball club based in Paks.

Bronze age hoard[edit]

A bronze age gold hoard of jewellery was found between Paks and Dunaföldvár on the banks of the Danube in the nineteenth century. The treasure is now in the collections of the British Museum.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Forró for another bronze age hoard from Hungary
  • Zsujta for a bronze age hoard from northern Hungary

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Museum Collection [1]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Paks is twinned with: