Image by Anne-Marie Ros

Koninginnekerk Mural – Explore Crooswijk

Thanks to road constructions in Crooswijk, I ended up in a residential area with social housing, where streetnames reminds us of slaughterhouses and livestock markets, once located here between Boezemstraat and Sophiakade.

On a wall at the Rotterdam Boxing School ‘Van ‘t Hof’ (corner Slachthuiskade – Keurmeesterstraat) along the wooded canal ‘Boezem’, I saw this beautiful mural of the jugendstil Koninginnekerk. It made me stop to take a closer look.

On the right are 2 portraits: one of Crooswijk-born Olympic boxer Bep van Klaveren aka the Dutch Windmill and boxer Herman van ‘t Hof (1903-1980) – who once trained here.

Although people protested, the church was demolished in 1972, making space for Hoppesteyn nursing home in 1975. Hoppesteyn expanded in 2001 with a 78-meter-high tower block ‘Koninginnetoren’. The green top floors refer to the two remarkable green towers of the old Koninginne-church. The Konninginne-tower is in the mural too and can be seen from the Slachthuiskade.

This piece of history was so wonderfully brought together and fused into a beautiful mural in 2015 by Rotterdam artists Sylvia Overheul and Peter Breevoort, assisted by Adriano Janssen.  

There is a plaque  for local-resident Anneke Strasters, who had this great idea for a mural on large empty wall. I found her and we chatted. Thanks to her endless energy, she made it happen, together with all the people involved. 

If you want the perfect picture, take a photo from Sophiakade and try to capture the Koninginnekerk through the tree-leaves, giving an impression of how impressive the church once was.

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Address

Slachthuiskade 39, Rotterdam

Opening Times

24 hours daily

Price

Free
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)