I took this photo not far from where he was born, reading his book, executed in bronze, Erasmus. The oldest statue in the Netherlands was on the Grotemarkt before 1940. Unscathed from the bombing and hidden until May 1945, its then was placed on the Coolsingel. When the metro was built in 1963, it was relocated to the Grotekerkplein. The Erasmus statue is in a straight line to his birth house.
In Brooklyn on the square of the Erasmus Hall High School is a life-size copy of this statue by Simon Miedema.
“For a few centuries it is actually the only public statue in the Netherlands that has not belonged to a warrior, prince or statesman, nor to a poet, but to a scholar, one who still had quite neglected that homeland.” Quote by Johan Huizinga, Dutch Historian
The last few months photographing for the blog ensures that you look differently at your surroundings, pay more attention to photo moments and no longer walk through your city so quickly. This afternoon I spotted this rowing boat at the Delftsevaart. You don’t see that often and the crew was not visible either. I found it to be a photo moment and so you can see it for yourself here! The building at the right is a district heating substation. Parts of it dating back to 1925. The building, carried out by the Hollandsche Beton Maatschappij, was based on a concrete floor slab of 1.35 meters thick and the rest of the construction is made of concrete. In 1949 almost the whole building was finished. You can find the building on the corner of Delftsevaart and Grotekerkplein.
Remember this picture? Today I was in front of the top! Not in a helicopter but in front of a model that is in the hall of the church entrance 🙂 Next time I climb the stairs of the tower of the Grote of Sint-Laurens church to show you the view of Rotterdam!
Its sunday and I found it appropriate to show the Grote of Sint-Laurens church. She’s the only survivor of the cities middle ages centre. Building started in 1449 with the tower and in about 1500 the church was completed. During WWII the church was heavily damaged but rebuild and in 1968 again completed. Visit the church and climb the tower for a nice view of the surrounding city! Nice weather today so enjoy a quiet sunday just like I do!