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Destroyed City

Plein 1940, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Cool)
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Ranked #23 of 98 Attractions in Rotterdam
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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69 reviews 69 reviews
49 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This sculpture (by Zadkine) is a constant reminder of the bombings in World War II. The missing heart and the hands up in the sky represent the power people in Rotterdam, but also the sad times they've been through. The metaphor is simple but impressive.

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

To understand Rotterdam, you need only look at Zadkine's statue. The missing heart and the agony of the figure are simple metaphors for the German bombing in 1940 and connect directly to other towns and cities that have been destroyed by bombing - Guernica, Dresden and Coventry to name but three. I was shown this memorial in 1961 as a... More

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Pune, India
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264 reviews 264 reviews
153 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

The sculpture "Destroyed city" is a poignant reminder of the damage and destruction caused to the city of Rotterdam because of Nazi bombing during WWII. Almost every Dutch city and town has a Grote markt or grand place or the physical "heart of the city" which is unfortunately absent in Rotterdam as it was destroyed during the air raids. The... More

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Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is a magnific statue by Zadkine representig the loss oj the city center in may 1940. This will always be a rememberance of that illicit action by the Hitler Army

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This sculpture stands testament to the bombing of Rotterdam during the Blitz by the German Air Force. Rotterdam was almost completed raised to the ground during the Blitz and this led to the surrender of the Netherlands to Nazi Germany. The whole is the middle symbolises the bombed city center. It's a very poignant sculpture. Would recommend to visit if... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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204 reviews 204 reviews
131 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

When you walk from the Blaak subway station to the Erasmus Bridge, check out this very emotional experience, on a small square in front of the Maritiem Museum. This sculpture by Zadkine reminds me of Guernica by Picasso, another legendary emotional piece of art that shows the agony of war. The great thing about the Zadkine sculpture is that it... More

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Montreal, Canada
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78 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Slightly anti-climatic when I got to the installation, but it helped that it is situated right in front of the habour so you can get a nice view in the background.

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