Rotterdam: A real urban legend

Rotterdam: A real urban legend
Rotterdam skyline: the Dutch city was completely rebuilt after being destroyed in World War II

With cutting-edge architecture and a thriving design scene, Rotterdam is a worthy rival to the first city of the Netherlands, writes Tony Clayton-Lea

From the spring of 1940, everything changed for Rotterdam. The Netherlands’ second city (after Amsterdam) and Europe’s largest port was virtually obliterated by the Luftwaffe. So began a slow, arduous journey from being a city with a once beautiful array of 17th-century houses, cobblestone laneways and decorous architecture to what it is now: a bold, glorious tribute to modernism.

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