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Konopiště and The Start of World War I

It may come as a surprise to many that the beginning of World War I has roots in Czech Republic, and only about 40 kilometers from Prague. Franz Ferdinand, the archduke and heir presumptive of Austria Hungary, turned a quiet, remote hunting lodge into his family’s full-time residence; he and his wife, (along with their three children) lived at Konopiště until that fateful day in 1914 that ignited World War I.

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