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Černín Palace

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Černín Palace was built for diplomat Count Humprecht Jan Černín of Chudenice. In fact, it is one of the largest Baroque structures in Prague. The structure was destroyed during the War of Austrian Heritage in the forties of the 18th century, and then again, it was damaged by Prussian cannonade in 1757. Hence, the palace also underwent a number of late Baroque rebuilding work and additional reconstructions. Besides, the Nazi had it rebuilt during World War II. From 1777, the palace was used as an infirmary with a pharmacy,

a shelter for the poor, an apartment building, various workshops, a military base, and an art gallery. The palace has a rather gloomy recent past; at the time of the Bohemia & Moravia Protectorate during WW2, it served as headquarters of the acting Protector of Bohemia & Moravia; on March 10th 1948, because of still unclear circumstances, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Masaryk died here; and at the beginning of the nineties of the 20th century, it is exactly here that the abolition of the Warsaw Pact was ratified.

GPS: 50° 5′ 19.84″ N, 14° 23′ 26.17″ E


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