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Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption

Local name: Basiliek van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ten-Hemelopneming

The Basilica of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary in Zwolle has a characteristic tower 80 meters high, which city residents due to its specific shape colloquially call Peperbustoren, which literally means "pepper shaker". The tower is available to visitors who can climb the 236 steps to the vantage point, which is located at a height of about 50 meters.

The basilica has very thick walls, which is why its interior seems disproportionately small compared to its external appearance. This temple is famous for the eternal resting place of the German monk and mystic, Thomas à Kempis.

Construction of the temple began in 1394 and lasted over half a century. The tower, in which two bells were to be located, was built in 1463 and was finally equipped with six bells. The tower underwent extensive renovations in the 18th and 19th centuries, and for the last time in 2002-2005.

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Ossenmarkt 258011 MS Zwolle, Netherlands