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Destroyed City

Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Man Without a Heart

This statue represents the destruction of the heart of Rotterdam during the Second World War. It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
George N
Important Sculpture

An important memorial to the sad fact that this city was almost completely destroyed by German... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Thomas V
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Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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"despair"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This statue represents the destruction of the heart of Rotterdam during the Second World War. It was unveiled in the fifties. The agony of the face really conveys the spirit of the city at the time. Since then Rotterdam has metamorphosed and built so many...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An important memorial to the sad fact that this city was almost completely destroyed by German bombing during WWII. Very emotional.

Thank Thomas V
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Impressive statue when you know the story behind. At the end of the Museum Harbour Leuvehaven. Next to the Maritiem Museum

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Thank YvW7
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 10 June 2018

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 5 June 2018

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 4 June 2018

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 28 April 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 25 April 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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