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View of the town
View of the town
Flag of Semily
Coat of arms of Semily
Coat of arms
Semily is located in Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 50°36′N 15°20′E / 50.600°N 15.333°E / 50.600; 15.333Coordinates: 50°36′N 15°20′E / 50.600°N 15.333°E / 50.600; 15.333
CountryCzech Republic
First mentioned1352
 • MayorJan Farský
 • Total16.31 km2 (6.30 sq mi)
Elevation340 m (1,120 ft)
Population (2010-12-31)
 • Total8,736
 • Density540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code513 01

Semily (Czech pronunciation: [ˈsɛmɪlɪ]; German: Semil) is a town in the Semily District, Liberec Region, of northern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. It has about 9,000 inhabitants. One important landmark is the St Peter and Paul Church, from the beginning of the previous century. The town has two notable museums: the Museum and Regional Gallery and the newly opened Museum of Raspers. The important politician František Ladislav Rieger was born in Semily in 1818. Also born here was Ivan Olbracht, a popular Czech writer during the time of the First Czechoslovak Republic. Jizera River and its left-hand tributary the Oleska River flows through Semily.

In 1942, during the World War II Finnish soldiers received hospital treatment in Burg Waldstein, Ruckers Glatz. Tuberculosis and other lung problems were treated there. The patients came by boat to Libau or Danzig from Hanko, Finland. A Finnish nurse arrived along with the patients.[citation needed]

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