Amersfoort is the second largest city of the province of Utrecht, at the geographical centre of The Netherlands. Amersfoort is named after the river Amer, which today is called Eem. Based upon archeological finds of Merowingian settlements on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug (ridge), the codified law text ‘Ewa ad Amorem’ (a.k.a. Lex Francorum Chamavorum) and the Carolingian document from 777 AD, it is assumed that the region was first established in the dark episode between Roman civilization and the period of Frankish king Charlemagne. The latter gave the Amer surrounding forests and lands to Bishop Alberic of Utrecht, who was about to reside under Köln (Cologne). City rights were granted by the bishop of Utrecht in 1259 AD. The city has a strong relation to clerical civilization ever since.
Amersfoort is known for its well preserved late medieval city centre with canals, market squares, bridges and town gates, churches, chapels and monasteries. De Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren (1444 AD) is one of the highest in the Netherlands. Some of the most illustrious people in Dutch history lived in Amersfoort, like politician Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, painter Piet Mondriaan and architect Jacob van Kampen. Amersfoort is recognized as a Dutch Creative City, fostering creativity among its citizens and providing many events and festivals. ZOOVER notes Amersfoort in its TOP 10 Dutch Best City Trips.
AMERSFOORT JAZZ HERITAGE
Amersfoort Jazz Festival cherishes the beautiful inner city of Amersfoort as an unique backdrop for its performances. Except for the opening night, all festival days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), top notch World Jazz concerts by top notch artist from The Netherlands and abroad will take place in the historical venues Sint Aegtenkapel, de Mannenzaal and de Observant. During the Amersfoort Jazz Heritage Walks on Saturday afternoon the audience is welcome to participate in guided city walks and visit these and several other historical venues in Amersfoort, churches, chapels and monasteries.