10 Facts You Might Not Know About Deventer

  1. Deventer hosts the largest book fair in Europe.

  2. The female Jewish poet and writer Etty Hillesum lived in Deventer during the war before being deported to Auschwitz.

  3. During the production of the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far, all of the scenes taking place in nearby Arnhem were filmed in Deventer.

  4. Deventer was most likely founded around 768 by the English missionary Lebuinus.

  5. Deventer was one of the first cities to be equipped with printing press, from 1477.

  6. Deventer is largely situated on the east bank of the river IJssel.

  7. Deventer received city rights in 956.

  8. The old streets around the Bergkerk, known as Bergkwartier (Mountain Quarter) situated on and around an old river dune.

  9. Deventer is the birthplace of Geert Groote, was a Dutch Roman Catholic deacon, who was a popular preacher and the founder of the Brethren of the Common Life.

  10. In 2005 the municipality of Bathmen was merged with Deventer as part of a national effort to reduce bureaucracy in the country.

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