Deventer is a municipality and city in the Salland region of the Dutch province of Overijssel. Deventer is largely situated on the east bank of river IJssel, but also has a small part of its territory on the west bank. Deventer was probably founded by the English missionary Lebuinus around 768, who built a wooden church on the right bank of River IJssel. The favorable location has probably seen habitation ever since.


The Waag (Weighing-house) on the edge of the Brink square, built in 1550, restored in 2003-2004. Inside the Waag the Deventer City Museum is housed (collection: industrial and trading history; paintings, e.g. by Gerard Terborch and Han van Meegeren; silver objects; prehistoric findings). Thea Beckman’s novel Het wonder van Frieswijck (The Frieswijck Miracle) features the Waag. On the outer wall of the Waag hangs an over 500 years old kettle; it is said, that it was used for a public execution in the late Middle Ages: a man, who had produced counterfeit coins, was cooked to death in it.

The medieval Bergkerk (Mountain Church), on top of a small hill, now a museum for modern art.

The Lebuinuskerk (St. Lebuin’s Church) in Gothic style, with remarkable ceiling paintings and a beautiful organ. Its tower can be climbed in summer (beautiful panorama).

The Brink (market square) with houses, shops and cafes dating from 1575-1900. Here also the Deventer nightlife takes place. Alongside this square there is the Bussink Koekhuisje, where you can buy the famous Deventer Koek (honey-cake). Markets take place every Friday ( including a very big one on Good Friday, following a Medieval tradition) and Saturday.

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