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“Heart of the city lost”
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Destroyed City
Ranked #26 of 183 things to do in Rotterdam
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Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Heart of the city lost”
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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“Poignant testament to the bombing of Rotterdam during the Blitz”
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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“Great emotional experience that reminds me of Guernica by Picasso”
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”
Reviewed July 22, 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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