Sunday, 19 October 2008
Rotterdam, the Netherlands in "that's My World"
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Rotterdam is the town where I was born 75 years ago, so it's normal that I start my tour in My World there.
Rotterdam is the second important city in the Netherlands, it had also been the first seaport in the world for a long time and still belongs to the main ports in Europe. In 1340 it got the franchise of a town and in 1360 it got a town wall. Before this time it was but a small fishing village. Rotterdam became more and more important, that's the reason why it was heavily bombed on May,14th 1940.Eighthundred people were killed and 800,000 were homeless. The towncentre was in ruins. After the war the citizens of Rotterdam worked hard to rebuild the town. Now there are some remarkable examples of modern architecture among the older buildings which were left unharmed. On our walk we took some photos of those buildings.
Rotterdam had the tallest building in Europe until 1923. The “Het Witte Huis” (The White House) was built in 1898 in American style, designed by architect W. Molenbroek. This 43-meter high building was built at a time when tall buildings like this were not a common sight; that’s why its architecture looks like an oversized house. “Het Witte Huis” stands out in the Rotterdam landscape. It is one of the few buildings that survived the bombardment in May 1940.
One of the major attractions in the Rotterdam architecture are the Cubic Houses, built in 1984 by Piet Blom. These are 39 cube-shaped dwellings which are still inhabited. If you’re curious to know how one can live in a house like this, you can visit one of them! Near the cubic houses there is the Rotterdam library, which also stands out for its pyramid-like shape: eight diminishing floors with yellow tubes around the building.
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