Deventer, Another Hanze City in Holland, among the IJssel
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Today we liked to sit on a terras and see some nice buildings as well. Where to go? Arnhem, too familiar with us. Nijmegen, no we are going there in june for a meet up already. Zutphen, nice but small. Deventer was a good choise.
Deventer is a very old city, and was already excisting according to it name in 800AD. The name Deventer was mentioned in 1877 as Daventre portu, this means the harbor near Deventer. The city is probably founded by the angelsakische missionair lebuinus. He build a wooden church on the place where now the Big Lebuinus Church is located. The church is rebuild in stone in the year 1000AD.
In the Sandra steeg you can find the oldest house which was build in stone. (Proosdij 1130AD) This is in the neighborhood of the cityhall, grote Kerkhof. This city is also very nice to shop in. Cute little shops, little restaurants, narrow streets and really a lot of old historic buildings. In Deventer you can also walk the Hanze route. It will lead you among all the beautifull places.
Walking in Deventer is walking back in time.
When you walk to the right, you will enter the shopping area from Deventer. Walk in this street and then turn left (the first street) This is the Grote Broederstraat. Walk straight ahead and you will arrive at the big square where the city hall is located. Also the big church is situated here. In this area you can find the Sandra steeg. Here you can find the oldest stone house in Holland. Build in 1130. Here are very nice restaurants and places to sit and enjoy the beauty of the city.
For those who have never been to Deventer, Deventer is a famous city of books. The very big book market will attract a lot of people, this is the biggest of Europe. This event is on the first Sunday in August.
On the evening before the big book market, there is a poetry evening among the theatre of “Bouwkunst” architecture.
In the weekend before Christmas like Kampen, Deventer has its own Dickens Festival. This event will attract more than 150000 people. So it is very busy. If you want to see this Festival, the best way to travel is by train. The Street where the event is: Walstraat, Golstraat, Damstraat, Roggestraat, Bergkerkplein, Bergstraat, Kerksteeg, Bergschild and Menstraat. Entrance is free, but only accessible trough the Walstraat/Keizerstraat.