File 120 – Konopiste Castle, Czech Republic
The castle was built in 1280, by Bishop Tobias of Prague, in French style. From 1887, the castle was the residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, of Austria. In early June 1914, he invited German Emperor William II, in the castle and discussed about the political situation in Romania and Serbia. They planned a simultaneous attack on Serbia. Serbians heard about the attack plan, and Archduke Franz Ferdinand it was assassinated, during a visit to Sarajevo on 28 June 1914, event that led to the beginning of the First World War. I would say that Konopiste Castle, is the birthplace of First World War, because the plan to attack Serbia was discussed here for first time. In the museum inside of castle, the bullet that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand is displayed! For me, it was shocking to see that an object so small, could cause one of the greatest catastrophes in human history.