Monks bless PM Orbán's new office

In accordance with Christian tradition, Carmelite monks blessed Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's new office on Epiphany day, January 6th.

The Prime Minister's office moved to its new location in Buda Castle between Christmas and New Year.

In Catholic tradition on Epiphany day - the day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ - homes are traditionally blessed by a priest and inscribed with the year and the letters C-M-B, standing for Christus Mansionem Benedicat (Christ blesses this dwelling in Latin).

The monastery now housing the Prime Minister's office was built in 1736 by the Carmelite order on the former site of a mosque that was destroyed in 1686 during the siege that liberated Buda from Ottoman occupation. The order received the real estate in 1693 and completed the new monastery and church by 1736, but it was consecrated only in 1763. Two decades later, Emperor Joseph II disbanded the order and converted the property into a theater by imperial order in 1786, "for the delectation of high-ranking court officials".

The building then served as a theater for many years, except when it was turned into a munitions depot between 1914 and 1918 during WWI. Its refurbishment to suit the purposes of the Prime Minister's Office began in 2016 at a cost of HUF 4 billion (US$14.2 million).

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