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The history of Assen started in 1258, when the monastery ''Maria in Campis'' was built. Till that time there were only some farmhouses in the small settlements around, like Witten, Deurze and Peelo.

Between the former moats of the the monastery ( called ''Singels'') you can still find old buildings of the different centuries.
The monastery has gone. Only the abbey church (abdijkerk), now a part of the ''Drents Museum'', is still there. And the roads around the citycentre have still the names of the former ''Singels''.
One of the oldest streets in the centre near the former monastery is called Kloosterstraat ( Monastery Street).

Brink of Assen

West of the Kloosterstraat lies the ''Brink''. Almost all traditonal villages in the Province Drenthe have a brink (village green) in their centre, so Assen has. Many historical buildings are situated around the brink, like the former monastery.
Assen is the capital of the Province Drenthe and the buildings of the Provincial governement were situated at the Brink too, untill they moved out of the citycentre. Now you can find the "Drents Museum'' in these buildings.


East of the Museum you can find "het Museumlaantje'' (the Museum Alley). Here you see a lot of old buildings in different styles, like the Ontvangershuis, the Archives, the Museum of Drenthe and the tower of the Abbey church. All the buildings are built or rebuilt in different centuries and changed their functions several times.

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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Hello, Ali!~ I see this place has a very special and cozy atmosphere...It would be nice to visit...Thanks for your story!~

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2009 at 5:01 AM

    Great that your parents started the Witterzomer in 1952 and that you lived there for 20 years! It sounds like the perfect place to grow up.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Enjoyed a quick virtual tour of Assen. Magnificent Dutch buildings. Cheers, SL :)

  • benazer's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2006 at 12:59 PM

    Assen looks very nice too,I will have to come again to see more places of your country and world.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2005 at 8:13 PM

    The handle of the water-pump is superb ! I am crazy with hand twisted wrought iron ! I understand that you have a great many memories in this place and that it means much for you ! Amazing Drogisterij Griever !

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2005 at 9:31 AM

    I've never heard of Assen, Netherlands (but Essen, Germany). What an ingnorance! This city has a lot of places to visit, things touch and taste... Thanks for sharing.

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2005 at 7:34 AM

    Great page, excellent information, Thanks for sharing.

  • BarbaraForza's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2005 at 1:18 PM

    Kloosterstraat, very nice... so thanks to Assen!!!

  • babar_1's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2004 at 3:28 AM

    Great page and useful information. Thanx

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2004 at 3:29 AM

    Fantastic location called Assen, lovely churches, thanks Alije :-)

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