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Destroyed City

Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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At first it seemed like another modern sculpture not really representing anything, but as I got... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Reading up on the history of this city, this monument evokes a lot of feelings, very intense... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 6 days ago

At first it seemed like another modern sculpture not really representing anything, but as I got closer to it I realized how powerful and heartbreaking this statue is. It depicts the feelings of the people of Rotterdam in 1940, after the Nazi bombing destroyed most...More

Thank Vladimir1998
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reading up on the history of this city, this monument evokes a lot of feelings, very intense. Always remember.

Thank FayeInAmsterdam
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not located in one of the main squares, one might have to go look for this statue. However, it does truly represent Rotterdam as a city rising up again after the war, but with a hole for what was destroyed.

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I saw this on the hop on hop off bus with the story of how Rotterdam had surrendered in WWII but the word did not get through. The city was 90% destroyed. This statue depicts this.

Thank Kathy M
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The sculpture of a man without a heart symbolizes the destruction of the heart of Rotterdam by the Nazis in the second world war. It was conceptualized by the Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine after seeing the destroyed city and was unveiled in 1953. The statue...More

Thank TAIN2013
Reviewed 27 June 2017

A memorial ceremony was in progress when we came upon this sculpture. The solemn ceremony made it even more emotional when visiting this place.

Thank ROCruiser
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This rather unusual but thought provoking statue is next to the Maritime Museum. It commemorates a painful past in the history of Rotterdam when the German Airforce destroyed the city centre in the Second World War.

Thank Kevin F
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This emotionally touching sculpture is located quite near to the Erasmus Bridge and Maritime Museum.It was designed by the renown architect and sculptor Zadkin, giving here the everlasting remembrance on the inhuman brutality, which suffered city of Rotterdam during the bombings in may 1940. Just...More

Thank Oleg Y
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Fine piece of modern art in the heart of the city, commemorating a painful page in its history. Also try to visit it by night to admire it in a more dramatic lighting.

1  Thank RomkaN
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This statue sums up how Rotterdam was bombed during WW2. It doesn't need any words. Just to look at it give you cold shivers of how sad a period of time that was. The statue really depicts of what the city felt at that time...More

1  Thank mag2313
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