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Destroyed City

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Address: Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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A tribute to the reconstruction

Another monument in Europe regarding times of war. This time, it's a kind of tribute to the reconstruction of the city, which was ruined by bombings. Nowadays it is such a great... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another monument in Europe regarding times of war. This time, it's a kind of tribute to the reconstruction of the city, which was ruined by bombings. Nowadays it is such a great place that it's visible how convenient this statue is :)

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An impressive bronze statue by Ossip Zadkine created in 1951, the massive 2.5 meter figure reaches for the sky in pain. Zadkine's poem about the work follows: The Destroyed City/La ville detruite This statue which everyone calls 'The Destroyed City' Whenever I see it in Rotterdam, I become more and more a foreigner to the city. All round it monstrous... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This statue represents the bombing and destroyed city. The Rotterdam was bombed so hard that it had to rebuild mostly everything and that is the reason why the city is so modern with new buildings around. You can find this walking around the center area.

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Thank prkl08
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The so called Destroyed city is a fancy name for only one sculpture situated on a huge for its own size square

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

There is a lot of good quality public art in Rotterdam, this particular installation is not to my taste, but it is just one of many so I would recommend a visit see it all.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

All the writing for this statue was is Dutch, so had to decipher. I would say this is a most striking piece of artwork in bronze, viewed from all directions very cleverly displayed. Set in an open space (small paved square) right next to the Maritime museum. I know no more than this, but if you see it in the... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The Destroyed City, locally known by the Rotterdammers as "Jan Gat" is a sculpture by Ossip Zadkine. It is inspired by and tries to show the hole where the city's heart used to be after the massive destruction of ww2.

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Thank CoCo01Co
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

This is a monument which strikes you even if you don't know the history behind its creation. Even more so, when you do know it. The monument can easily be found near the Maritime Museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Take in this great piece of sculpture, the arms skyward seem to cry out STOP ...or maybe WHY! Whatever it says to you it should serve as a reminder of what happened here and as so often the case makes you stop and think.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Nothing much too see but just make some nice photos of this statue if you are a tourist. Just sit down and watch it. All a bit strange. What happened during that is also "a bit" strange. So it looks like the statue is perfect.

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