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Destroyed City

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Address: Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Hole symbolizes destroyed heart of the City.............

Must see item once visiting Rotterdam! Sculpture made by Ossip Zadkine near the maritime museum in the center of Rotterdam. The idea behind the sculpture is best described by M.G... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Khangela
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must see item once visiting Rotterdam! Sculpture made by Ossip Zadkine near the maritime museum in the center of Rotterdam. The idea behind the sculpture is best described by M.G. Schenk, Ossip Zadkine, Amsterdam 1967: according to Zadkine the idea for The Destroyed City was born when he arrived by train in the devastated city of Rotterdam in 1946. It... More 

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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice sculpture - symolizes how many feel about the bombing of the city: despair - destruction - WHY?????

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Malden, NL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Famous sculpture of Zadkine remembering the bombing of Rotterdam during WW II. It makes you silent when you realize the disaster.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The statue is a solemn reminder of the horrors of war in a large plaza where one can reflect, and hopefully, look forward.

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Kiama, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

As the daughter of a parent who lived through the sad event of the bombing of Rotterdam, this brought home the memories told how wars continue without learning. History repeats, sadly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Statue of a person raising to the sky where the bombs came from that destroyed the city in 1940. The hart is missing as was with Rotterdam after the bombardment. Holland surrendered to the Germans as a result

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Nice looking statue to commemorate the events from WWII. By the time you see this, you might already have grasped that Rotterdam building are all fairly new, which indicates all the old buildings were either torn down or bombed. Sadly it was the latter.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Impressive and historic.. Remember history or repeat it.. Young folks were putting memorial boxes around the base when we got off the water taxi.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

We visited this monument situated near where most of the war's destruction took place to remind visitors of the city's role during the war

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Rotterdam lost a lot during the second World War. This statue represents the loss, the pain en the build of a new Rotterdam.

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