Ministry of Foreign Affairs Visit 2018
February 2, 2018
Young diplomats from all over the Czech Republic visited, with our association, The Czernin Palace – the seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Mgr. Filip Hašek from the Public Diplomacy Division showed us around the building’s interior while intriguingly, factually and sometimes wittily commenting the whole course of the tour. The tour of the ministry’s representative rooms‘ attendees visited, for instance, the Great Hall where on 1st July 1991 the Warsaw Pact was dissolved, the palace gallery or the Mirror and Oriental Lounge. As proper young diplomats, we even took the opportunity to stand behind the speech table which is used during press conferences by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic himself. At the very end of the tour, we paid a visit to the apartment of the fifth Czechoslovak Minister of Foreign Affairs – Mr. Jan Masaryk – who himself would spend the majority of his time here as he allegedly preferred to work lying down. We concluded the whole tour in the bathroom of the minister’s serviced apartment where Jan Masaryk on March 10, 1948 spent the last moments of his life. We firmly believe that many of the tour’s attendees will return to the Czernin Palace, this time, however, in the roles of diplomats or the ministry’s employees.