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Destroyed City

Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Memorial to the destruction of WWII

The sculpture of a man without a heart symbolizes the destruction of the heart of Rotterdam by the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

A memorial ceremony was in progress when we came upon this sculpture. The solemn ceremony made it... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2017
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Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 7 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 6 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
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is the world famous statue that depicts the gutting of Rotterdam during WW2. It is quite close to the Erasmus bridge and the Maritime Museum. Must see!

1  Thank Hera101
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I did hear a lot about Rotterdam and walked around the city during my visit. I did love this sculpture as it tells a lot by saying nothing. It makes you think and see through it.

1  Thank Lavdi Z
Reviewed 1 December 2016

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 :)

Thank g_marianaa
Reviewed 28 November 2016

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...More

1  Thank Jack B
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