I cross my city with an open view, as I love discovering things. Thanks to road constructions in Crooswijk, I ended up in a residential area with social housing, where streetnames still 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’ (Slachthuiskade corner Keurmeesterstraat) along the wooded canal ‘Boezem’, I saw this beautiful mural of the Koninginnekerk that made me stop.
Although people protested, the Jugendstil church was demolished in 1972 to make space for the Hoppesteyn nursing home in 1975. In 2001, Hoppesteyn expanded with the 78-meter-high tower block ‘Koninginnetoren’. The green top floors are a reference to the two remarkable green towers of the old church. Konninginnetoren is in the mural too and can be seen from 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.
I found local resident Anneke Strasters, who had this great idea for the large empty wall. Thanks to her endless energy, she made it all happen, together with all the people involved.
If you want the perfect photo, go to Sophiakade and try to capture the Koninginnekerk through the tree leaves and you’ll get an impression of how impressive the church once was.