Djami of Malkoch BeyDiscover the Turkish-era monuments of Siklós!
Besides the castle, the other excelling sight of Siklós is the 16th-century Turkish church. It was built by a high-ranking Turkish official, Malkocs bej, between 1543 and 1565. After 1686 it was rebuilt to be 3 floored, and it was used as a house. The tower of the minaret belonging to the building was probably destroyed at this time. Its condition further worsened in the 20th century, whereas its 3 remaining foundation walls were incorporated into the neighbouring buildings. The archaeological excavation of the church believed to be destroyed started with the guidance of Gerő Győző and Mendele Ferenc in 1969. The monument restoration started in 1990, then in 1993 the building was awarded the Europa Nostra prize which is given for an excellent restoration every year.
It was opened to visitors in 1994 and it has been operating according to its original function to this day, but it is also an ethnographical exhibition hall. The installation of the church – carpets, tin and copper objects – was given to the town by the Ethnographical Museum of the Turkish State. The building was originally covered by a dome which is today a canopy on an octagonal drum. The central part of the small church with a square-shaped layout is the mihrab (prayer cabin) looking towards Mecca. The building is made unique by its inner wooden ornament.
To visit Malkocs Bej Dzsámi choose “Cycling tour in search of memories of past eras” from our programme offer CYCLING TOURS ACROSS THE VILLÁNY WINE REGION and you can immediately participate in a cultural-gastronomic programme at the same time. (Bikes are for rent only for our hotel guests!)
The programme includes
It includes visiting the collection of the mosque (dzsámi) and the ethnographical collection. Exhibition guidance can be requested for an extra charge.
To visit Malkocs Bej Dzsámi choose “Cycling tour in search of memories of past eras” from our programme offer CYCLING TOURS ACROSS THE VILLÁNY WINE REGION and you can immediately participate in a cultural-gastronomic programme at the same time.
Opening hours of the Malkocs Bej Dzsámi and further information: www.villanyiborvidek.hu.
It can be visited from spring to autumn! In the winter season it is closed, but by appointment groups of 20 or above 20 are accepted.
About the entry fees and the price of exhibition guidance you can be informed at: www.siklos.net.
- likes history;
- is interested in the historical treasure of the Villány-Siklós Wine Region;
- looks for a meaningful trip programme, even with wellness bathing in Siklós.