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“Heart of the city lost” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Destroyed City

Destroyed City
Plein 1940, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Cool)
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Ranked #31 of 97 attractions in Rotterdam
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Heart of the city lost”
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Poignant testament to the bombing of Rotterdam during the Blitz”
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 you are walking from Eramus Bridge to Blaak to see the Kijk-Kubus, etc.

Visited July 2013
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Great emotional experience that reminds me of Guernica by Picasso”
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 perfectly symbolizes the situation in 1940 after the center of Rotterdam was bombed by the nazi’s: a huge hole in the body of the sculpture that points at the fact that Rotterdam had lost its heart after the nazi bombing in 1940, shivers down my spine!

Visited February 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Interesting piece in a great location”
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.

Visited June 2012
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