A group of Brazilian students was received at the Czernin Palace in Prague, known to be the biggest and most iconic palace in the Czech capital. The ostensible construction currently operates as the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and constantly hosts meetings of heads of states.
The young visitors are participants of the UNIGOU Program, during which they develop short-term academic and research projects in some of the most prestigious Czech universities. Though the place is not opened for public visitation, the group of Brazilian students were invited to a guided visit of the palace, during which they could learn more about the Czech history and aspects of its diplomacy.
The Czernin palace was built more than 400 years ago with the purpose of hosting an enormous art gallery and, of course, displaying the power and fortune of the noble Czernin family. Aside of its breathtaking architecture and beauty, the palace carries very important chapters of the European history and events that resonated worldwide. In its conference room took place the meeting that ended the Warsaw pact military alliance, resulting in the dissolution of the eastern block and ultimately ending the cold war.
Czechoslovakian history was written as well inside the walls of the Czernin. After World War II, the Ministry of Foreign Relations Jan Masaryk, known as one of the most important Czech political personalities of all times, was killed by Soviet spies and defenestrated through his bathroom window. This polemic murder case was only fully investigated and revealed in 1992, after the end of communism era in the country.