the Heiligegeest gasthuis from 1391 was a housing for the poor
here the council convened
City Hall dates back to around 1550
the orphanage house in the 18th century
the drawbridge sits over the lock in the Dedemsvaart and leads to the city center
they certainly are enjoying the few sun rays
the lime kilns were used until the 1930's and are now a museum
a view over the Buitengracht with one of the lime kilns
the Dedemsvaart has no longer a commercial function
an exposition of medieval weaponry
Hasselt is a small quiet town on the banks of the Zwarte Water, a short river in the IJssel delta.
People lived here over
3000 years ago, but the city's heydays were from 1200 to 1600, when Hasselt, as member of the Hanseatic League, profited
from its strategic location between the Zuiderzee and the German hinterland via the IJssel and the Rhine.
Hasselt also became
a religious center and today is an important stopover where Jabikspaad and Jacobspad join on the Camino de Santiago.
time cities like Kampen, Zwolle and later Amsterdam gradually overtook Hasselt. In 1672 troops of the Bishop of Munster all
but destroyed the town and Hasselt never recovered.
A revival occurred after the completion of the Dedemsvaart in 1809.
actively preserves and restores its old city center. Of interest are the City Hall, the St Stefanus church, ruins of the
city wall, characteristic facades of old houses, and the lime kilns just outside the center.
We strolled into Hasselt's past on a cloudy
day in May 2021
a map of the city center is always welcome
Hasselt's harbor at the Zwarte Water river
City Hall is open to the public, but only with an anto Covid-19 mask
remains of the old city wall
the Zwaluw was built in 1857 and was used in the 1950's for a pilot to produce electricity
the seven houses building from 1611 was part of the Heiligegeest gasthuis