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The Netherlands Architecture Institute is much more than a museum. It is a cultural institution, open to the general public, that concerns itself in a variety of ways with architecture, urban design and spatial planning. The resilient port city of Rotterdam has come back from the dark days of World War II, reborn as a modern metropolis from the ashes of the German bombing raids in 1940.

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The bombing virtually destroyed the port and harbor areas, which were rebuilt, however, with modern facilities that gave it an edge over older ports. Today, Rotterdam is the major terminus not only for shipping produce and other goods from Europe; it's also the world's most important oil terminal , with five major oil refineries located at the port.

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The city's reconstruction also gave a new generation of Dutch architects a chance to build on their talents. The result: A cityscape alive with the kinds of quirky constructions more commonly found in newer cities like Miami. Piet Blom's Picasso-esque cubist houses at the Blaakse Bos are local landmarks of weirdness, where furnishings have to be adapted to the Rotterdam attractions tilted structures. The new Netherlands Architectuurinstitute (Architecture Institute) showcases the best of Dutch design, while the Boymans-Van Beuningen Museum offers a world-class collection of modern art and earlier masterpieces.


These houses in the Blaak were designed as cubes resting on vertices of poles. They look like trees, hence the name Blaakse Bos (wood). They are also called cube or pole houses. Though Rotterdam's one-time harbor, the Oude Haven, was decimated by the bombing, the medieval Grote Kerk was lovingly rebuilt by the locals. And in front of the Rotterdam tourism church, the 1622 bronze statue of Erasmus (born in Rotterdam in 1469) still holds court. The former harbor itself has become a maritime museum. At the nearby Leuvehaven harbor, the Prins Hendrik Maritime Museum traces the city's watery heritage. Also moored there is the Museumschip Buffel, a 19th century warship-turned-museum.Caracas


Today's Rotterdam still owes its fortune and fame to the watery ways that have long made it an international destination for trade and tourism. Butnow,its lost history is part of its allure , and its present dominance as a world Netherlands Tourist Attractions trade center is steering the city's course into the next century.

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