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Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, on Thursday inaugurated a Munkácsy Mihály Hungarian House in Munkács (Mukachevo), in western Ukraine, to serve as a community centre for ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia.

The landmark building, which once used to house a branch of the Austrian-Hungarian Bank, was purchased and renewed under the Hungarian government’s Hungarian Houses in Transcarpathia Programme, with a budget of 1.7 billion forints (EUR 4.9m).

In his address, Gulyás thanked local leaders for their support for the project, adding that the local community was “proud of its Hungarian members”. The community also demonstrates that “peaceful and respectful coexistence between Hungarians and Ukrainians is possible even if we have a tougher job at the level of official state politics,” he said.

Mukachevo “has always been a bridge between nations and communities of different religions and cultures living together,” Gulyás said, adding that the new centre could bring about new opportunities in Hungary-Ukraine relations, too.

Govt Buys Munkácsy's Famous Painting Golgotha
Govt Buys Munkácsy's Famous Painting Golgotha

The Hungarian government has purchased 19th-century painter Mihaly Munkacsy’s monumental piece Golgotha, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Wednesday. The government paid Hungarian-born American art collector Imre Pákh 3 billion forints (EUR 9.3m) for the painting, Gergely Gulyás told a press conference. The purchase means that all three pieces of Munkácsy’s famous […]Continue reading

The centre was named after renowned painter Mihály Munkácsy (1844-1900), who was born as Mihaly Lieb in the city and later changed his name in reference to his birthplace.

Featured photo by János Nemes/MTI


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