For the village in the municipality of Venray, see Ysselsteyn
IJsselstein ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of Utrecht. IJsselstein received city rights in 1331. IJsselstein owes its name to the river Hollandse IJssel which flows through the city.
The city has an old town, surrounded by a small canal. A castle stood in IJsselstein from 1300 to 1888; the tower survives. The city has two large churches, both named after St. Nicholas: the Dutch Reformed Nicolaas church, founded in 1310, and a Roman Catholic one. Inside the Protestant church there are two mausoleums; one of the family of Gijsbrecht van Amstel (1350) and another one of Aleida van Culemborg (nl) (1475). The catholic basilica of St. Nicolaas dates from 1887 and is neo-gothic. It was given the title of 'Basilica Minor' by Pope Paul VI in 1972.
A 366.8 metres high television mast, called the Gerbrandy Tower, is located in IJsselstein; the tower, however, is commonly known as Zendmast Lopik, after a nearby village (Lopik).
IJsselstein is a major commuting suburb for the Utrecht area, along with neighbouring towns Houten and Nieuwegein.
Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of IJsselstein, 2013
Tower of the former castle.
- Statistics are taken from the CBS population statistics page for IJsselstein.