The climate of Zutphen (the Netherlands)
Zutphen is a Hanseatic city located in the province of Gelderland. The
Hanseatic route is one of the oldest trading routes in Europe. Among
other cities on this trading route were: Bergen (Norway), Hamburg
(Germany), Riga (Lithuania) and Brugge/Bruges (Belgium). Zutphen was
granted a charter and town privileges in the 11th century, making it
one of the oldest towns in the country. Only Deventer and Utrecht
preceded Zutphen in receiving town privileges. This also allowed
Zutphen to become self-governing and have a judicial court. Zutphen is
located on the banks of the river IJssel. Zutphen is situated on the
border of two regions, the Achterhoek in the eastern part and the
Veluwe in the western part of the city, which is also known as the
Zutphen is also known as the ‘Tower City’or the city of many towers.
Prior to the division of the Netherlands into provinces by the Union
of Utrecht Zutphen was the capital of the County of Zutphen which
extended as far as Doetinchem. The county of Zutphen was the last
county to join the province of Gelderland. Partially because of this
Arnhem became the capital of the province of Gelderland. However, when
you stroll through the city center, you will notice a large number of
monumental buildings, churches and towers for a comparatively small
city with a population of 47,000.
The largest and oldest church in Zutphen is the St. Walburgis (St.
Walpurga) church dating back to the eleventh century. The present
Gothic building contains monuments of the former counts of Zutphen
(later to become the dukes of Guelders), a fourteenth century
so-called Jerusalem Chandelier, an elaborate copper holy water font
(1527), and a monument to the Van Heeckeren family (1700), and on the
pillars and vaulted ceilings of the church a great number of secco
paintings can be found. The church used to be a collegiate church run
by canons, complete with dean and chapter. The building and the
interior of its library have remained almost unchanged throughout the
ages. The church still houses a library ("Librije"), in fact a
pre-Reformation library which contains a great number of valuable
manuscripts and incunabula. The greater part of the original
collection of books is still in situ. It is considered to be one of
the 3 remaining medieval chained libraries in Europe (the other 2
being in England and Italy). The old books are still chained to their
ancient wooden desks, a method introduced centuries ago, dating from
the times when the library was a "public library" and the chains
prevented the books from being stolen. Guided tours are held in the
Walburgis church and the Librije (March – October).
Nowadays Zutphen has one of the best preserved medieval town centres
of North-Western Europe, including the remains of the medieval town
wall and a few hundred buildings dating from the 13th - 15th
centuries. Because of its ideal situation in between the Veluwe and
the Achterhoek Zutphen is very popular among cyclists and walkers.
Zutphen has a moderate maritime climate with mild winters and cool and
wet summers. However, the surroundings of Zutphen mainly consist of
sandy grounds causing temperatures to be slightly higher during the
summer than in other places in the country.
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