Frydlant belongs to one of the most important historical complexes in Bohemia. It is an example of very precious connection of two architectural units - a medieval castle and a Renaissance chateau. It was founded in the middle of the 13th century. The first owners were Ronovicis, later the Bibersteins and since 1558 the Rederns family resided in the castle. They were not only capable traders and warriors, but also the supporters of the construction works and art. It was them who built the new Renaissance castle and a chapel. In 1622 Albrecht Waldstein, a commander in chief of the imperail troops, one of the most important charactes of the Thirty YearŽ War, bought confiscated property of the Rederns.
The original shape of the Gothic castle did not survive in its whole to the present days.
Today we see the castle as a massive three - floor edifice around a small irregular yard, which is dominated by a high round tower. The chapel and the Renaissance castle were built at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries by Marco Spazzio di Lancio.
on Sep 09, 2008
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