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Destroyed City

Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Stark and dramatic statue

A beautiful statue in a dramatic pose commemorating the bombing of 1940. It's a must-see. It is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
headbeeguy
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Interesting area.

An interesting area full of multiple sculptures. Very central and easy to find... Well worth a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lewandsoph
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful statue in a dramatic pose commemorating the bombing of 1940. It's a must-see. It is beside the Maritime Museum and not far from the Erasmusbrug and Witte. It offers a space for contemplation in a busy environment.

Thank headbeeguy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting area full of multiple sculptures. Very central and easy to find... Well worth a visit!

Thank lewandsoph
Reviewed 6 December 2017

If you have not seen this Zadkine statue symbolizing destroyed Rotterdam May 1940 Worldwar II, then go and see. The popular name of the statue is Jan Gat, which means John Hole. Guess why.

Thank n_wiedenhof
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Destroyed City is an interesting area. Absolutely a must see, preferably with a tourguide or book...

Thank Lewis S
Reviewed 19 September 2017

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

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

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

Thank FayeInAmsterdam
Reviewed 14 September 2017

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 6 September 2017

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 11 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 26 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
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