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Grafhorst, 's-Heerenbroek, IJsselmuiden, Kampen, Kamperveen, Wilsum and Zalk.
The city of Kampen
The city of Kampen is situated along the river IJssel close to the point where it flows into the IJsselmeer (formaly the "Zuiderzee"). Kampen received city rights in 1236. Having been a member of the hanseatic league it used to be an important port. The population of the city as of 2001 was 32,960.
Famous People of Kampen:
- Hendrik Avercamp (1585-1634), nicknamed “de Stomme van Kampen” (The Mute of Kampen). Important 17th century painter of, predominantly, winterscapes. Serves as a character in various books by Thea Beckman. A street in Kampen is named after him (Avercampstraat), as well as a grand café.
- Dr. Willem Johan Kolff, inventor of the artificial kidney. A street in Kampen is named after him (Dr. Kolfflaan).
Wilsum (population as of 2001: 710) is a small town located on the river IJssel, about 4km southeast of Kampen. It received city rights in 1331. Wilsum is most known for its church, which was built in 1050 and as such the oldest church in the province Overijssel. Thanks to several restaurations (the last one being in 1982) the church is still in a very good state.
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