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Although some of the calvinist roots are still visible in the country, the Netherlands is one of the most non-religious countries in the free world. Almost half of its population does not belong to any church. In consequence, many church buildings are not used anymore and some are now used for other purposes. While growing religious communities often take over church buildings from the traditional christian churches, some are used now for non-religious purposes like Amsterdam’s Zuiderkerk. In Rotterdam/Crooswijk, the Verlosserkerk (Redeemer Church) is one of these churches. It was built between 1882 and 1884 in neogothic style. A monastery moved in in 1885. Its most typical attribute are the corner-turrets of the belltower. But already in the 1960s, the parish of this church and the St. Barbara church were merged to form a new, smaller parish. The monastery of the Verlosserkerk was given up in 1975 and in 1979, the church burnt down. It was reconstructed as a student appartment house afterwards – but without the spire.
Adress: Goudse Rijweg, to the east of the city center
"Monster" by a japanese Artist
Once, this was one of my favourite tips. Museum van Nagsael named itself the world's smallest museum. Indeed, it wasn't more than a display window - a smaller one. What made this place nice was (1) to find it and (2) the small piece of modern art you'll find inside. The work of art changed every month. Unfortunately, the last exhibition of this kind took place in late 2006, after celebrating its 11th anniversary. Since then Museum van Nagsael has been just an empty display window.
One thing I discovered when looking for the last time for van Nagsael was the small commemorative plaque. Not for the museum, but for the Zakkendragershuisje. This was the building for guild of the freight carrying workers in the harbour. It became a victim of WWII...
Adress: Boterslot 40
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Katendrecht seen from Euromast
Katendrecht was once a small settling dating back to the year 1199 and is now a new developing urbanity located in a former harbour area. The last harbour activities have moved from this area to the big new harbours along the Nieuwe Waterweg around 1980. Since then, new houses are being built in Katendrecht. The area was recommended as a place with interesting architectonical concepts, but I have not seen anything which really fascinated me. Buildings dating from the 1970s and 1980s are mostly seen in this area, with many immigrants – mainly from the far east - living here. A couple of buildings, home to former harbour workers, can be seen here too. Many car repair shops have settled down here. But somehow nothing of architectural relevance… The few modern buildings are quite boring, at least compared to the other places in Rotterdam. Some sculptures at the river as well as Delfiplein are nice, but surely no reason to visit Katendrecht. The area around the park is developing and since I heard that people can build houses there according to their own ideas, this may become an interesting area in a couple of years. Other plans like a bridge to the famous “Hotel New York” also sound interesting. But right now, I can’t find any reason to visit Katendrecht.
Shipping and Transport College
Everywhere in Rotterdam, you don’t know what to expect around the next corner. During the Spido harbour tour, I saw a strange building, which alone is nothing strange for Rotterdam. As I liked the unusual shape, but it was a little far away to visit it, I tried to doung out at least what it is. It’s the Shipping and Transport College, a building finished in 2005. The building houses not only study facilities, but also a big conferrence hall (which is located in the part which is not sustained by anything below it).
This building with over 500 small appartments was built between 1979 and 1982 and is one of many strange buildings in Rotterdam. This one is a nice view with its different coloured appartments and its unusual shape. From the ground, you will only see round and straight parts, but from the air it had the form of a paperclip (that's where its nickname comes from). If you like to explore Rotterdam and discover strange buildings, you should not miss this one. The pictures are from the summers of 2005 and 2006 - on both I catched a f*****' rainy day.
You will find "De Peperklip" at the Rosestraat at the Kop van Zuid, just a few minutes away from the Koninginnenbrug.
Vierkant eiland in de plas
...is the dutch expression for squared island in the lake. This modern sculpture by Frans de Wit was installed in the 1980s when the surrounding areas (now called Alexanderpolder) were developed into today’s modern living quarter. It marked what was believed to be the deepest point in the Netherlands with 7 meters below water level. However, during new measurements, it was found out that there is a deeper point a few kilometers to the east of Rotterdam.
Today, it is a piece of art in the middle of multi.storey buildings. The inclined positions of the beams and the bowl give you a different perspective from every different point. Unfortunately, the inside part of the bowl marking the formerly lowest point, needs to be cleaned up….
Directions: Prinsenlaan in Rotterdam/Alexanderpolder. In walking distance from the northeastern corner of Kralingse Plas.
The pilgrim father's church
You may be bored with churches, but this is really a special one. It is where the pilgrim fathers met on August 1st 1620 to embark the "Speedwell" to England. There they changed their boat for the "Mayflower" which brought them to the "New World". It can be described as the birthplace of the USA.
The church is in Delfshaven, very close to the museum "De dubbelde palmboom".
De noorse kerk
The Norwegian Church, originally the church of norwegian sailors, is a replica made in 1914 from the original church which dates back to the 16th century. The church is made out of dark wood and serves not only as a church but also for norwegian culture activities.
You will find the church at the D. Fortuynplein near the park.
Piet Hein's birthhouse
Not only a nice building, but also the birthhouse of one of Nethherland's most famous heroes: Piet Hein, the privateer who captured the spanish silver fleet 1628.
You can find the house just around the corner of the museum "The dubbelde Palmboom", the museum where you can see more about the life of Piet Hein.
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