Zwolle is the capital city of the province of Overijssel, Netherlands.
The Grote Kerk, or St Michael (first half of the 15th century) occupies the site of an earlier church. The church contains a richly carved pulpit, the work of Adam Straes van Weilborch about 1620, and there is besides some good carving and a fine organ (1721).
The modernized town hall was originally built in 1448.
Mention should also be made of
- the Sassenpoort, one of the old city gates;
- a gild-house (1571);
- the provincial government offices, containing the archives; and
- a museum of antiquities and natural history.
As of 1911, Zwolle had a considerable trade by river, a large fish market, and the most important cattle market in Holland after Rotterdam. The more important industries comprised cotton manufactures, iron works, boat-building, dyeing and bleaching, tanning, rope-making and salt-making.
- From an old 1911 encyclopedia