The Sassenpoort is a gatehouse in the citywall of Zwolle, Netherlands. It was build in 1409 after Zwolle city became a member of the Hanseatic League in 1407. The city gates represent the wealth of this period. In the period between 1893 and 1898 restoration work took place. The dormers were made, and a neogothic spire clock tower was installed, replacing an earlier 18th century spire. In between the corner towers is a machicolation. From holes in the floor of this outer work, boiling oil could be thrown at enemies. The gatehouse is a rijksmonument since 1967 and is part of the Top 100 Dutch heritage sites. The gate now serves as a pedestrian road.



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Founded: 1409
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands


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Gábor Fonyó (3 months ago)
Very cool, beautifully renovated tower with some inter-activity. Friendly staff.
אביאל ויצמן the collection home design accessories (3 months ago)
One of the entrances to the old city. Very nice place to see
Laudes Regiae (4 months ago)
Built in 1409, Sassenpoort is the only remaining city tower from Zwolle, measuring 42mts high (138 feet). It has 4 levels and was originally built to defend the city from attacks from the outside. ? It also functioned as an archive and military prison. If you want to visit the three upper leves, you have to pay a fee of 5€. ? The guides are able to give you information in Dutch, German and English, and are well versed in the story of the city. I would say it is a must! ??
Unggul K (8 months ago)
Beautiful old defense tower from the 17th century. I would recommend that you enter the inner city of Zwolle from this building.
Daan Hidding (2 years ago)
A really cool piece of history
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