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.
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.
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.