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Hungary’s silent monks open monastery to visitors

Monastery of silent monks, Majk.
Monastery of silent monks, Majk. Image by János Korom Dr. / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Majk monastery of the camaldolese hermits in Hungary has been renovated with the support of the European Union and will be open for visitors in the spring of 2015. The historic building was built in 1733 and served as a hunting base for the famous Easterhazy family in the 1860s. The Camaldolese hermits, who vowed silence and only spoke once a year, lived there until the 1782 when their order was dissolved. The monastery is preserved in its original form, and the cell houses serve as lodgings for visitors. Read more: dailynewshungary.com