June 17th, 2019
A fountain shaped as a fan in honour of Duchess Sophie Chotek (1868-1914), the wife of Archduke Franz Ferdinand d'Este, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was installed at the Pisek Gate near Prague Castle today. The memorial was originally to be unveiled in 2014 on the occasion of 100 years of the assassination in Sarajevo, in which she and her husband were mortally wounded. The assassination led directly to World War I. Representatives of the Prague 6 district authorities unveiled the artifact by sculptor Martina Hozova and Jan Paclik along with an outdoor photographic exhibition about the life of the countess and her family this afternoon. It will be held by the end of June.