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Location municipality Deventer

Province Overijssel
- Land
- Water
107.92 kmē
105.08 kmē
2.84 kmē
Population (2004)
- Density

Deventer is a municipality and a city in the eastern Netherlands in the province of Overijssel on the east bank of the IJssel river.

Population centres

  • Deventer
  • Colmschate
  • Diepenveen
  • Lettele
  • Okkenbroek
  • Schalkhaar

The city of Deventer

Deventer was probably founded by the English missionary Lebuinus around 768, who built a wooden church on the border of the IJssel. This was not the first human settlement at the location: in Roman age there probably was a stronghold called Daventria in place.

Deventer received city rights in 956. From this date fortifications were built around the city for defense. Between 1000 and 1500, Deventer grew to be a flourishing trade city because of its harbour on the river IJssel, which was reachable for large ships. The city was a member of the Hanseatic League.

Deventer is the birthplace of Geert Groote and home to his Brethren of the Common Life, a school of religious thought that was of great influence on Thomas a Kempis and Erasmus in later times.

External link

Official website

Province Overijssel

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Last updated: 11-05-2004 12:18:37