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Emotional expression of powerlessness

The reason why this 1953 statue and its sculptor Ossip Zadkine is so well appreciated by the people... read more

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Interesting statue

This is a very modern looking and interesting statue with a strong story behind it. You should read... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2018
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 February 2014

The sculpture "Destroyed city" is a poignant reminder of the damage and destruction caused to the city of Rotterdam because of Nazi bombing during WWII. Almost every Dutch city and town has a Grote markt or grand place or the physical "heart of the city"...More

5  Thank Nimish G
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 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.

1  Thank bartpic
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Reviewed yesterday

The reason why this 1953 statue and its sculptor Ossip Zadkine is so well appreciated by the people of Rotterdam is it captures exactly the feelings of the people after the Nazi bombing of the heart of the city in 1940. Powerlessness and desperation about...More

Thank Robert937
Reviewed 13 October 2018

This is a very modern looking and interesting statue with a strong story behind it. You should read up on the story before visiting.

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Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Reading up on the history of this city, this monument evokes a lot of feelings. A symbol of this city.

Thank FayeInAmsterdam
Reviewed 1 September 2018

The statue of a person reaching up to the heavens with an empty whole in the chest represents the destruction of the city of Rotterdam in the second world war when the heart of the city was destroyed by German bombs. It is wise to...More

1  Thank Yehudit V
Reviewed 27 August 2018

The sculpture "Destroyed city" was given to Rotterdam by Ossip Zadkin in early 1950s. The decision to create it was taken when he arrived by train in the devastated city of Rotterdam in 1946. It is, in his own words: ‘A cry of horror against...More

1  Thank FedericoNovara
Reviewed 12 August 2018

This statue symbolizes Rotterdam as this city was decimated by the Germans during World War II. It stands in front of the Maritime Museum and a good photo-opt for those visiting Markthal as it is only 5-10 minute walk from Markthal. So if you're in...More

Thank chanyu1
Reviewed 9 July 2018

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

1  Thank GeorgeN1744
Reviewed 26 June 2018

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

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 25 June 2018

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

Thank Carawagon1972
Reviewed 19 June 2018

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

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