The Destroyed City
The Destroyed City
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The area
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Neighborhood: Stadsdriehoek
How to get there
  • Beurs • 2 min walk
  • Leuvehaven • 6 min walk
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands21,630 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Business
This highly symbolic sculpture was made by the prolific French/Russian artist Ossip Zadkine in 1953. It symbolizes the heart if the city of Rotterdam, destroyed by German bombs in 1940, to force the capitulation of the Netherlands. It has a prominent location at the Maritime museum. Many schools in the Netherlands were named after Zadkine.
Written March 7, 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,137 contributions
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Sep 2018 • Couples
A monument to the fallen in the bombing and devastation of Rotterdam during World War 2. A six metre high bronze statue of a human figure, weighing three tonnes. The sculptor of this art work, Ossip Zadkine described his design as 'a cry of horror for the human monster, who devised the executioner's work in order to let his brothers pay for a crime they did not commit'. This is a symbol of pain, horror, helplessness, desperation, man's inhumanity to man..... It speaks to all of us perhaps in different ways. You can't fail to see the horror and desperation, however! When it was unveiled, in the 1950s, it caused a bit of controversy, but it still stands there today, as a stark reminder about human history and the lessons people still have not learnt! This is a must see!
Written February 7, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,534 contributions
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May 2018 • Friends
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 by heavy bombardment by the Nazi-German military during World War II.

Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and is home to the largest port in Europe. The city’s name comes from the dam that empties into the river in the center of the city. The urban area is more than 200 square kilometers and the port area more than 100 square kilometers. Most of the city had to be rebuilt after World War II.
Written June 5, 2018
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Nimish Goray
Pune, India525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Solo
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 statue symbolizes the loss of the city's character which could be also regarded as it's "heart". Magnificent sculpture by Zadkine.
Written February 21, 2014
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659marvinj
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Business
I was looking for a city destroyed but all I see are sculptures and a pretty fine city. They look good, they don't look destroyed to me. Wrong name for a place, buddy.
Written February 8, 2016
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nbxprez
London, UK48 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Couples
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 small child and it's impact has never diminished. Then it stood on a newly-built square (Plein 1940) opposite the Gerzon store and all around was a building site. Now it's hemmed in by huge modern buildings which are testament to the regeneration of the city. It is important to visit this place and pause to consider the inhumanity of the indiscriminate bombing of civilians.
Written June 19, 2014
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Neuteboom
The Hague, The Netherlands1,171 contributions
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Feb 2013 • Couples
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!
Written February 21, 2013
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Patrícia M
339 contributions
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Oct 2019 • Solo
I ran into this sculpture on my way to the markthal in the city centre. What a powerful image! Near the port
Written October 14, 2019
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FedericoNovara
Novara13 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Solo
The sculpture "Destroyed city" was given to Rotterdam by Ossip Zadkin in early 1950s. The decision to create it was taken when he arrived by train in the devastated city of Rotterdam in 1946. It is, in his own words: ‘A cry of horror against the inhuman brutality of this act of tyranny.’ The hole in the figure symbolises the destroyed heart of the city during the bombardments of May 14th, 1940.
Written August 27, 2018
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kjbooij
Melbourne, Australia226 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Solo
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.
Written August 25, 2014
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