Doesburg (Dutch
Dutch language
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  is a municipality
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 and a city in the eastern Netherlands
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 in the province of Gelderland. Doesburg received city rights
City rights in the Netherlands
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 in 1237 and currently has 11,602 inhabitants (1 January 2007, source: CBS). The city is situated on the right bank of river IJssel
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, at the confluence of river Oude IJssel
Oude IJssel
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. The municipality of Doesburg is part of the Arnhem-Nijmegen agglomeration region.


Doesburg received city rights in 1237, this was years later than the neighbouring town of Doetinchem. Because of its strategic position along the Oude IJssel and Gelderse IJssel, Doesburg has been an important fortified city for a long time. The fortification of the city made Doesburg an important economic and administrative city. The Martinikerk, the main church in Doesburg is 94 meters tall. For many reasons, many of which have to do with the IJssel decreasing in depth, the prosperity in Doesburg settled after the 15th century. Doesburg changed into a sleepy provincial town and so it would remain especially after the war. The city was protected in 1974, designated as a historic town.

As Doesburg was officially a fortified city up to 1923, town extension was not possible. After the second world war the city was rapidly extended. In the fifties on the Eastern side of the city the district mill field was built. At south of the old IJssel followed in the seventies ' and ' 80 the district Beinum, recently at south of Beinum the district Campstede has been built. At the beginning of the 21st century to the IJsselkade a new area has begun construction of 44 houses and 124 apartments under architecture of the Italian architect Adolfo Natalini. In 2007, construction of a hotel was started. Unfortunately the Hotel ("Noabers") went bankrupt in the summer of 2009, a few months after opening.

Well-known Doesburgers

Doesburg's list of national characters and well known icons includes sea hero Jan van Kinsbergen, the family Verhuell to which the Verhuellweg has been named after (and not Verheulsweg like elsewhere in the data concerning Doesburg are indicated).

Other well-known Doesburgers are chronicler Peter of Dusburg
Peter of Dusburg
Peter of Dusburg , also known as Peter of Duisburg, was a Priest-Brother and chronicler of the Teutonic Knights. He is known for writing the Chronicon terrae Prussiae, which described the 13th and early 14th century Teutonic Knights and Old Prussians in Prussia.Peter's dates of birth and death are...

, politician Clemens Cornielje
Clemens Cornielje
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, son of the ex-mayor of the former municipality Angerlo
Angerlo is a village in the municipality of Zevenaar, in the eastern Netherlands. It is located about 2 km south of Doesburg.Until 1 January 2005, Angerlo was an independent municipality, with a population of about 5000...

, and current mayors Niels Joosten (municipality of Brummen
Brummen is a municipality and a village in the eastern Netherlands.Brummen has a small railway station - Brummen railway station on the line between Zutphen and Arnhem. The village is situated about southwest of Zutphen, no farther than 1.5 km from the IJssel river...

), Elbert Roest (Blaricum
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), Henk Aalderink (Bronckhorst
Bronckhorst is the name of a municipality in Gelderland, the Netherlands. The municipality is the result of a merger of the former municipalities Hengelo, Hummelo en Keppel, Steenderen, Vorden and Zelhem, on 1 January 2005...

) and Arno Frankfort (Veghel
Veghel is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands.Since 1994 Veghel and the neighbouring village of Erp have formed a single municipality.Veghel is twinned with Goch in Germany.- Population centres :*Boerdonk*Eerde*Erp*Keldonk...

). National politician Agnes Kant
Agnes Kant
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was active in local politics in Doesburg until 1998.


In the north of Doesburg there are several camp-sites where in the high season 4000 visitors stay each year. Also the historical inner city with several museums and many monuments draw thousands of tourists every year. Large tourist attractions are the Main court, the Doesburgse mustard factory and 'De Waag', which according to reports is the oldest public place in the Netherlands.


On the North side of the city, parallel to N317, the company area Verheulsweg lies. Here international transport company Rotra and construction material manufacturer has established Ubbink. At east of the district Beinum, beside provincial gone N338, the company areas Beinum-Oost and Beinum-West lie. Here many have established small and large ventures among which a manufacturer/wholesale trade of gedistilleerd (Delcave), houtverwerkende industry (Aalbers), plastic industry (Dremefa)en an adoption company (Claus). Along the gelderse IJssel an iron foundry and a concrete call centre have established as well as, near the bridge, a builder of motoryachts.

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