IJsselstein ( ) is a
municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of Utrecht.
- There is also a village called Ysselsteyn (same pronunciation), that is part of the
municipality of Venray, the Netherlands.
IJsselstein received city rights
IJsselstein owes its name to the Hollandse IJssel
which flows through the
metres high television mast Gerbrandy Tower is located in IJsselstein, although it is commonly
known as Lopik.
The city has an old town, surrounded
by a small canal. The river Hollandse
flows through the city. There was a castle in
IJsselstein from 1300 to 1888, but only the tower has survived. The
N.H.Nicolaas-church was founded in 1310. Inside the church there
are two mausoleums; one of the family of Gijsbrecht van Amstel
another one of Aleida van
(1475). There is another, neo-gothic R.K. St.
Nicolaas-church (1887). Pope Paul VI
gave the church the title of 'Basilica
' in 1972.
IJsselstein is a major commuter residential
centre for the Utrecht area, along
with neighbouring new towns Houten and Nieuwegein.