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Destroyed City

Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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This was on our list to see, we missed it when we walked into the city, we were caught up in all... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
YvW7
Haunting!

This bronze piece by Russian born sculpture Ossip Zadkine was created to commemorate the bombing of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
joman833
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Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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"maritime museum"
in 9 reviews
"second world war"
in 4 reviews
"modern sculpture"
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"erasmus bridge"
in 3 reviews
"destruction"
in 9 reviews
"statue"
in 24 reviews
"bombing"
in 19 reviews
"reminder"
in 5 reviews
"memorial"
in 5 reviews
"depicted"
in 5 reviews
"wwii"
in 5 reviews
"despair"
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"trunk"
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"skyward"
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"emotional"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was on our list to see, we missed it when we walked into the city, we were caught up in all the boats, on our way back to the hotel we stopped in at the VVV (tourist info, very friendly) and asked it's location...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This bronze piece by Russian born sculpture Ossip Zadkine was created to commemorate the bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940, which destroyed the center or heart of the city. Hence, the hole in the center of this very moving piece, which clearly demonstrates the anguish...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rotterdam has a sad history regarding the attack by the Germans in WWII. This is a lovely publicly displayed piece memorializing that history.

1  Thank Peter R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a city that was destroyed by the war. As a memorial, there is a large, six-metre high, three-ton, bronze statue of a body with an open heart area, i.e., a body with a lost heart. It signifies the devastation brought to the city...More

4  Thank KodoDrummer
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have not been to Rotterdam if you have not seen Zadkine's 'Destroyed City'. As moving and impressive as Picasso's Guernica. I know of no other sculpture that expresses the despair caused by war as well as this one.

1  Thank Kees G
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Reviewed April 28, 2018

Lovely city walk through the plain. So easy to navigate through the rebuilt city to see the new architecture and sculptures. Truly a must see when in Netherlands.

1  Thank Jesse_Hamman
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Reviewed April 25, 2018

Took a walking tour with Thomas and he was great in recounting what happened here in Rotterdam in May of 1940..my fear is that younger generations will never know the impact that a bombing can have on a city.

1  Thank Ken T
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Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

Interesting to look at and historical....but I was looking for a little more....I have seen bombed out buildings in Berlin and that's what I was expecting. Good news, it's a short walk to the Marketplace....now that was worth it.

1  Thank bartpic
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Reviewed January 6, 2018

A beautiful statue in a dramatic pose commemorating the bombing of 1940. It's a must-see. It is beside the Maritime Museum and not far from the Erasmusbrug and Witte. It offers a space for contemplation in a busy environment.

Thank headbeeguy
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Reviewed December 6, 2017

If you have not seen this Zadkine statue symbolizing destroyed Rotterdam May 1940 Worldwar II, then go and see. The popular name of the statue is Jan Gat, which means John Hole. Guess why.

Thank n_wiedenhof
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