built in 1440, the Hof van Itersum is a fine example of medieval residences
the Sassenpoort was a gatehouse and its origins hark back to 1409
the fountain in the van Nahuysplein Park dates from 1892
the Plantage church with in the foreground the War Monument with the kneeling figure
built as a court house, now the Fundatie is a museum for the visual art. The egg-roof was added in 2013
even in Covid-19 times weddings continue
the late rock artist and singer Herman Brood is Zwolle's local hero
inside the Sassenpoort
The frigid winds of the last ice age created sand hills in what is now the IJssel delta. Later neolithic hunter-gatherer
bands of the Swifterbant culture roamed the area and in the bronze age a small woodhenge was built on one of these
In the Middle Ages the hills provided dry ground during the frequent flooding.
Zwolle was founded in
800 CE on a hill between the rivers Vliet and Aa.
The town was granted city rights in 1230.
Early in the 15the
century the Baltic Sea trade boomed and, as member of the Hanseatic League, the Zwolle merchants gathered substantial wealth
In 1798 the city became the capital of the province Overijssel, much to the chagrin of archrival Deventer.
In 1945 Zwolle was reportedly liberated by a solo action of French-Canadian rambo Leo Major, but in reality the Germans
were already retreating.
Points of interest in Zwolle are the old city gate Sassenpoort, St Michael's church with its famous
organ, the Peperbus tower and the former court building turned into museum de Fundatie.
We visited Zwolle in May 2021.
the water tower from 1892 is now turned into an apartment building
looks like this ship will not be sailing in the near future
today a gun guards the Sassenpoort gate
on the Grote Markt a glass angel represents Archangel Michael. The Peperbus tower lurks in the distance
the Odeon is Zwolle's main theater
the extension of the old city hall features as background to the statue of Adam, created by Rodin in 1881