The Huys Dever is a small castle probably built shortly after 1375 by Reinier Dever or d'Ever, a member of an old noble family from Holland. The castle was a typical stronghold that was at one time situated on the edge of a lake called the Lisser Poel (since poldered in) that itself was in connection to the Haarlemmermeer (itself a polder since in 1853). In 1630 a stately home was built on to the tower and became a summer residence, but after the Haarlem Lake was poldered in the 19th century it fell into disuse and became a ruin. In 1973 restoration began and the roof was built in the manner of 16th century carpentry.

The building houses a small archeological museum with finds dug up in the former moat around the building. It has been voted a very important rijksmonument for its early medieval remains. The building is open to visitors.

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Founded: c. 1375
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Frans van Eeden (3 years ago)
Tijdens een tochtje richting Lisse kwamen we plotseling langs een prachtige toren. Het bleek een prachtig gerestaureerde ruïne die in oude luister is hersteld. Een voormalige woontoren die omstreeks 1370 is gebouwd door ridder Reinier d'Ever. Dit alles wordt nu gerund door vrijwilligers die je van harte welkom heten. Je kunt de auto gratis parkeren. Vergeet niet iets in de pot te stoppen wanneer je vertrekt.
Wim Huisman (3 years ago)
Je moet wel eerst even op Wikipedia lezen waar je nu bij staat. Maar met die wetenschap is het een indrukwekkend gebouw met ditto geschiedenis.
Blancrouge (3 years ago)
Mooi oud huis, ter gelegenheid van het dahlia weekeinde geopend.
Loekie007 (3 years ago)
Voor geïnteresseerde is het echt de moeite waard. Degene die aanwezig is kan veel vertellen over het huys Mooi klein gebouw met veel historie. Je kan op het terrein parkeren. Kijk wel op internet voor de openingstijden.
Akika Averon (4 years ago)
It's interesting to look around here. A lot of the history has been preserved. Definitely recommend it!
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