This is the Wilhelmina Fountain located on the Brink square in Deventer city center. A landmark you simply can’t miss!
“Wilhelmina Fontein” was designed by J.A. Mülock Houwer, incorporating ironworks from the Deventer Nering Bögel foundry. The monument was first unveiled in 1898, in correspondence with the inauguration of Queen Wilhelmina. The statue high on the pedestal does not represent Queen Wilhelmina nor contain any reference about her. Instead, the statue is known as the Deventer’s “Stedenmaagd”, loosely translated to Deventer’s City Virgin. She is provided with a laurel leaf on one hand and holding the city’s coat of arms shield on the other.
The fountain once stood a little further in the middle of the square with a small garden around and a public toilet underneath it during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. It was demolished in 1960 to make way for traffic flow around the Brink. The current fountain was re-established in 1985 but without the public garden and toilets.