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Modern Rotterdam is a nice complement to Amsterdam

The modern skyline of Rotterdam is full of buildings with architectural flair; when it was built, the Euromast elevators were the fastest in Europe

The modern skyline of Rotterdam is full of buildings with architectural flair; when it was built, the Euromast elevators were the fastest in Europe

The Hotel New York (1901) is the building dwarfed by skyscrapers; it used to be the headquarters of Holland America cruises

The Hotel New York (1901) is the building dwarfed by skyscrapers; it used to be the headquarters of Holland America cruises

Designed and built in the 1920s, this factory was decades ahead of its time; in 2014, it achieved UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is currently used for business start-ups

Designed and built in the 1920s, this factory was decades ahead of its time; in 2014, it achieved UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is currently used for business start-ups

No, this isn't the Bosphorus in Istanbul; it's a canal in Rotterdam backed by a mosque serving the growing Muslim community

No, this isn't the Bosphorus in Istanbul; it's a canal in Rotterdam backed by a mosque serving the growing Muslim community

The Pilgrim Fathers Church is where the Pilgrims prayed the night before setting sail for the New World on August 1, 1620; their ship, the Speedwell, had to be swapped out in England for the Mayflower before continuing to Plymouth Rock

The Pilgrim Fathers Church is where the Pilgrims prayed the night before setting sail for the New World on August 1, 1620; their ship, the Speedwell, had to be swapped out in England for the Mayflower before continuing to Plymouth Rock

Johan's Ark is a Noah's Ark-themed barge just outside Rotterdam; it is a full-scale interpretation of the biblical Ark, featuring animal models, including cows, penguins, a crocodile, and a giraffe

Johan's Ark is a Noah's Ark-themed barge just outside Rotterdam; it is a full-scale interpretation of the biblical Ark, featuring animal models, including cows, penguins, a crocodile, and a giraffe

Rotterdam is worldwide headquarters for the consumer products giant, Unilever; their brands include Dove, Breyer's, Vaseline, Q-tips, Hellmann's and Noxzema

Rotterdam is worldwide headquarters for the consumer products giant, Unilever; their brands include Dove, Breyer's, Vaseline, Q-tips, Hellmann's and Noxzema

The gigantic Rotterdam train station is shaped like an arrow and opened in 2014; it handles 100,000  passengers daily through its cashless system

The gigantic Rotterdam train station is shaped like an arrow and opened in 2014; it handles 100,000+ passengers daily through its cashless system

Rotterdam's skyscraper zone is 100% sld with top architects lined up to add to the skyline; the three adjacent towers are De Rotterdam with buildings dedicated to apartments, local government and a hotel

Rotterdam's skyscraper zone is 100% sold with top architects lined up to add to the skyline; the three adjacent towers are De Rotterdam with buildings dedicated to apartments, local government and a hotel

The cube houses were built in the late 1970s; they are colorful and architecturally innovative but I went inside the museum model and it was uncomfortable and not very practical

The cube houses were built in the late 1970s; they are colorful and architecturally innovative but I went inside the museum model and it was uncomfortable and not very practical

When this building, called the White House, was built in 1898 it was the tallest in Europe; it was inspired by American skyscrapers

When this building, called the White House, was built in 1898 it was the tallest in Europe; it was inspired by American skyscrapers

The strikingly-modern Market Hall is full of both local and internationally-themed food stalls; there are even 230 apartments above making takeout a breeze

The strikingly-modern Market Hall is full of both local and internationally-themed food stalls; there are even 230 apartments above making takeout a breeze

This building is obviously nicknamed The Pencil; I can't imagine any other name even being suggested

This building is obviously nicknamed The Pencil; I can't imagine any other name even being suggested

Since 1972, Rotterdam has hosted the indoor hard court ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, part of the ATP Tour; former Wimbledon winner Richard Krajicek became the tournament director after his retirement in 2003

Since 1972, Rotterdam has hosted the indoor hard court ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, part of the ATP Tour; former Wimbledon winner Richard Krajicek became the tournament director after his retirement in 2003

The current mayor of Rotterdam is a Moroccan immigrant and Muslim; 44000 residents of the city are from Morocco which is surpassed only by Suriname and Turkey for country of origin

The current mayor of Rotterdam is a Moroccan immigrant and Muslim; 44000 residents of the city are from Morocco which is surpassed only by Suriname and Turkey for country of origin

The St. Lawrence Church is the oldest surviving structure in Rotterdam (1525); in 1650 the tower started to seriously tilt but engineering experts were able to repair the foundation and straighten it

The St. Lawrence Church is the oldest surviving structure in Rotterdam (1525); in 1650 the tower started to seriously tilt but engineering experts were able to repair the foundation and straighten it

With its exposed yellow tubes, the City Library has been compared to the Pompidou Center in Paris; the building functions as more of a community center than a traditional library

With its exposed yellow tubes, the City Library has been compared to the Pompidou Center in Paris; the building functions as more of a community center than a traditional library

Courtyard of City Hall where Churchill and George Marshall are honored; Marshall famously said The only way to win a war is to prevent it

Courtyard of City Hall where Churchill and George Marshall are honored; Marshall famously said The only way to win a war is to prevent it

The Dutch say that money is made in Rotterdam, divvied up in The Hague and spent in Amsterdam; Rotterdam has long been the country's economic engine with its strategic position on the delta of several major European rivers

The Dutch say that money is made in Rotterdam, divvied up in The Hague and spent in Amsterdam; Rotterdam has long been the country's economic engine with its strategic position on the delta of several major European rivers

Hitler invaded the Netherlands on May 10, 1940; on May 14 he systematically bombed Rotterdam flattening the central city

Hitler invaded the Netherlands on May 10, 1940; on May 14 he systematically bombed Rotterdam flattening the central city

Given the spongy soil, it's amazing these skyscrapers can be built; the buildings sit on giant pylons driven deep into the soil

Given the spongy soil, it's amazing these skyscrapers can be built; the buildings sit on giant pylons driven deep into the soil

I thought the cube houses were cheaply built and, perhaps, were driven more by the architect's desires than a homeowners needs

I thought the cube houses were cheaply built and, perhaps, were driven more by the architect's desires than a homeowners needs

These buildings evoke a series of waves coming in from the sea; like Venice, Rotterdam has an extensive system of water taxis that makes getting around quite easy

These buildings evoke a series of waves coming in from the sea; like Venice, Rotterdam has an extensive system of water taxis that makes getting around quite easy

The Erasmus Bridge provides a vital link between the central city and Manhattan on the Maas as the skyscraper zone has come to be called

The Erasmus Bridge provides a vital link between the central city and Manhattan on the Maas as the skyscraper zone has come to be called

Het Park is the largest green space in the city; I spent some time laying down on a park bench to finish a David Baldacci novel

Het Park is the largest green space in the city; I spent some time laying down on a park bench to finish a David Baldacci novel

Rotterdam had the busiest port in the world until 2004 when it was passed by Shanghai; there are 5 refineries contributing to this traffic

Rotterdam had the busiest port in the world until 2004 when it was passed by Shanghai; there are 5 refineries contributing to this traffic

The Euromast was built in 1960 with views that can reach 30 kms; it even has hotel suites

The Euromast was built in 1960 with views that can reach 30 kms; it even has hotel suites

The Rotterdam Marathon is one of the fastest courses in the world; from 1985 until 1998, the world record was set here with current course records of 2:04 (men) and 2:18 (women)

The Rotterdam Marathon is one of the fastest courses in the world; from 1985 until 1998, the world record was set here with current course records of 2:04 (men) and 2:18 (women)

The Erasmus Bridge was completed in 1996 and opened up a previously undeveloped part of the city; it is nicknamed The Swan

The Erasmus Bridge was completed in 1996 and opened up a previously undeveloped part of the city; it is nicknamed The Swan

Industrial architecture had never seen steel and glass used as it was at the Van Nelle Factory; I was disappointed that the once daily tour was only offered in Dutch

Industrial architecture had never seen steel and glass used as it was at the Van Nelle Factory; I was disappointed that the once daily tour was only offered in Dutch

The Amsterdam airport is only 26 minutes by train from Rotterdam; with fast and efficient train service Schiphol airport effectively serves the whole country

The Amsterdam airport is only 26 minutes by train from Rotterdam; with fast and efficient train service Schiphol airport effectively serves the whole country

The principal organ of St. Lawrence Church is the largest completely mechanical organ in Europe with 7600  organ pipes and 85 stops

The principal organ of St. Lawrence Church is the largest completely mechanical organ in Europe with 7600+ organ pipes and 85 stops

Rotterdam City Hall, built in 1917, was one of the few buildings to survive World War 2; the Germans intentionally spared it since they needed a headquarters in the city

Rotterdam City Hall, built in 1917, was one of the few buildings to survive World War 2; the Germans intentionally spared it since they needed a headquarters in the city

The roof of the St. Lawrence Church clearly reflects Rotterdam as a city of shipbuilders; the effects of the Reformation carry over to a rather austere interior

The roof of the St. Lawrence Church clearly reflects Rotterdam as a city of shipbuilders; the effects of the Reformation carry over to a rather austere interior

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Wow! There is certainly some very unusual architecture there. Great pictures. Irene

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