… is back!!! Well, half of it, for the time being.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held an extraordinary press conference in Parliament today and he’s announced that Hungary has repurchased seven pieces of the Sevso Treasure, “Hungary’s family silver”, for 15 million Euros.
Hungary had been trying to regain the Sevso Treasure for decades. It is a collection of silver objects from the late Roman Empire, named after their original owner, a high-ranking Roman official who lived at Lake Balaton, then a part of the Roman Empire. The treasure is likely to have been found in the mid-1970s at Lake Balaton by an amateur archaeologist who died under mysterious circumstances in 1980.
The pieces will be on display, free of charge, in the Hungarian Parliament building beginning on Saturday and later they will be exhibited in a museum. So far the newly acquired treasure has been put on public display for only a few weeks in New York, accessible only for a limited audience.
We can expect further boom in Hungary’s tourism industry. 🙂