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Semily - pohled z Koštofranku 1.jpg
View of the town
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Liberec
District Semily
Commune Semily
Elevation 340 m (1,115 ft)
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
Area 16.31 km2 (6.30 sq mi)
Population 8,736 (2010-12-31)
Density 536/km2 (1,388/sq mi)
First mentioned 1352
Mayor Jan Farský
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 513 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Semily

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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