Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén laid the cornerstone of an Orthodox church in Budapest on Saturday. The church is being constructed in the courtyard of a building in Múzeum Street, in central Budapest, that was given to the Orthodox Church in 2017. Bartholomew I thanked Hungary’s government for the building and for funding the construction. He said a Dialogue Centre being established would serve as a place for “discussion, culture, faith and an exchange of views, welcoming all who come with goodwill”. Semjén said Hungary has always been “a bridge between East and West, between eastern and western Christianity”.