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The Frydlant castle lies in the north of the Czech Republic, near the Polish border, it consists of a fortress and a residential part. The tower of the castle (Indica) was used as an observation point.
The castle was built In the 13th century by the mighty Ronovsky family. In 1278 it became the residence of the House of Bieberstein. It was a gift from the Bohemian king Ottokar II for their support against the Habsburg King Rudolf I of Germany. In 1554 the castle was bought by the noble family von Redern, to 1634 the castle was ruled by Albrecht von Wallenstein. The estate then passed to the Austrian commander Matthias Gallas, whose descendants (Clam-Gallas) held it until 1945.
Since 1801 the castle is a museum (one of the first in Europe), today one of the most visited in the Czech Republic.

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