Deventer - Evening walk through the city


For English click the 'select language' button. I have been living in Deventer for about 16 years now. Deventer is a beautiful old Hanseatic city, has 100,000 inhabitants and has a nice shopping centre in the old town with some great streets and old buildings. Deventer is also a real Festival town. The city is famous for its book market, the Dickens festival and Deventer on stilts. Deventer is also called the 'Volendam of the Oost', because 'we' have quite a lot of good artists! A lot to write about, and you can't do that in one blog. Today I start with a blog with photos of an evening walk a few weeks ago. A night out with my husband. He confiscated the system camera, so I took these pictures with my mobile phone! On the computer these pictures seem to contain a lot of noise during evening photography, the camera grabs a high ISO value. Logical too, because the shutter speed has to remain fairly small to keep you shooting out of hand.


The market with the crooked Waag!

The waag was built in the 16th century, and in the 17th century it was built there. It's a late Gothic building. Last century a new foundation was created under it, because the Waag was now 80 cm out of the lead!

Inside is a copper cauldron, in that cauldron (from 1434)formerly counterfeiters were cooked alive in oil! The holes in the cauldron came in by Napoleon soldiers who shot it when he hung on the outer wall of the Waag.

Since 1915, the Historical Museum Deventer (now Museum de Waag)has been located in the Waag. When the building did not perform its original function after 1862, it still had a gymnasium.


Deventer has these typical atmospheric streets.


In the city you will find a lot of classic (not always original)details. Just like in the previous picture here also a classic-looking street lamp. Here I found the light flair that came in the picture so beautiful!


Mysterious atmosphere around the mountain church!


The Bergkerk was built at the end of the 12th century, near the Havenkwartier of Deventer. The church is a Romanesque cross-basic. The late Gothic features were acquired by renovations in the 15th century. The two spires were built during that period.

In the 16th century, the Catholic Church was taken over by Protestants. The catholic features were removed, which included the paintings.

From 1915, the old paintings were removed from under the lime. The municipality of Deventer bought in 1967 (for 1 guilder).

Today, the church is mainly used for cultural activities such as concerts and exhibitions.


Legend ( WikiPedia )

There is a legend that describes how the building of the Bergkerk would have come. Two Deventer sisters, Martha and Beatrix, were impressed by a knight who had arrived in Deventer. They both fought for this man's favor. Beatrix finally married the knight, leaving Martha alone. Martha then had the church built with the two towers, one slightly higher than the other, since both sisters also differed in length. This would explain the alleged difference in height between the two west towers.


With 2020 stairs you can climb the Lebuinus Tower. This is where the relationship with my husband began! Both of us did not give in to that first kiss, which we both wanted to give in retrospect... Anyway, different story, haha!

The large or Lebuinuskerk is the largest monument in the city. Built on Romanesque remains, the Church has been built in several steps to what it is today.

In 768 the English missionary crossed the IJssel and he started a settlement with a wooden church. Deventer was an important city in the period of the conquests of the Vikings. Bishop Balderik built the first church of stone in the tenth century. Deventer belonged to the Diocese of Utrecht, and in the Pieterskerk in Utrecht there is an image of the Bishop with the Lebuinuskerk.

The Romanesque basilica was built in the 11th century.

The Gothic Hallenkerk, which is now in the 15th and 16th centuries, was partly destroyed by fire in the 13th and 14th centuries.

Due to the Calvinistic statue storm, much of the interior has been fogged, and many paintings are covered with white.

carillon in the lantern of the Lebuinus Tower

In 1040 Bishop Bernold commissioned the construction of a large Romanesque basilica. The church was linked to an independent chapter with its own proosthy and twenty canons. In 1235 and 1334 this Basilica of Mary and Lebuinus was destroyed by fire.

The present church, a Gothic hall church, was established between 1450 and 1525, richly decorated with murals and statues. The effects of the Calvinist statue storm in the 16th century are still visible in several places in the church. Then a large part of the interior was destroyed.

During the restoration of 1927, parts were recovered when the plaster was removed from the walls!

(information I found via WikiPedia , but rewritten

Previous Deventer blogs

In my previous blogs I wrote many times about Deventer, below there are 3, often written from my hobby photography!