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Destroyed City

Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Lovely walk

Lovely city walk through the plain. So easy to navigate through the rebuilt city to see the new... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jesse_Hamman
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South Africa
BEST MEMORIAL TO WORLD WAR TWO

Took a walking tour with Thomas and he was great in recounting what happened here in Rotterdam in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ken T
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La Grange, Illinois
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Plein 1940, 3011 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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"maritime museum"
in 9 reviews
"second world war"
in 4 reviews
"interesting area"
in 2 reviews
"modern sculpture"
in 2 reviews
"erasmus bridge"
in 3 reviews
"statue"
in 24 reviews
"destruction"
in 9 reviews
"bombing"
in 18 reviews
"reminder"
in 5 reviews
"memorial"
in 4 reviews
"depicted"
in 5 reviews
"wwii"
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"despair"
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"trunk"
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"skyward"
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"emotional"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Jesse_Hamman
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting to look at and historical....but I was looking for a little more....I have seen bombed out buildings in Berlin and that's what I was expecting. Good news, it's a short walk to the Marketplace....now that was worth it.

Thank bartpic
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 7 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
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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
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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

1  Thank Vladimir1998
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Reviewed 15 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
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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
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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
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