Camaldolese Hermitage

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Majkpuszta is actually not a separate town, it's the part of Oroszl├íny, which is  accessible from Budapest by train with 1 transfer, or by bus. From the train station you can get to the main attraction of Majkpuszta by abut 30 minutes walking.

Majkpuszta is famous for the monastery of the Camaldolese (Kamalduli in Hungarian) order that was built in 1748-49 in Baroque style. This order of settled down in Hungary at the end of the 17th century. Their clothes were typical, they wore white cowls - that is why they were called the "white friars" - on their feet they wore sandals, they cut their hair short, they shaved the top of their head and they grew a long beard.

The order is mainly known for the pledge vow of muteness: the monks were allowed to speak only with the provost's permission, which they got twice a year, for 3-3 days!!

The monks lived in these small white houses - dwellings-alone, they all had their own garden where they could grow things for themselves.

You can climb up to the bell tower for a nice view of the neighbouring villages and valleys.

Today, the dwellings are rented out as holiday apartments. In the summer, the beautiful site hosts concerts and other events.

The hermitage may only be viewed on guided tours, which start hourly, on the hour, the last tour beginning at 5 pm.

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