Desiderius Erasmus was a famous Renaissance humanist, theologian and philosopher who was born in Rotterdam, in 1467.
A bronze statue of Desiderius Erasmus happens to be the oldest statue in the Netherlands. The Dutch sculptor Hendrick de Keyser received the commission for the statue in 1618. It was placed on the Grote Markt in 1622 and remained there until the bombing of May 1940. It survived the attack and was buried in the courtyard of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, where it remained until after the liberation in 1945.
The statue was eventually re-positioned on the Coolsingel until September 1963, before it had to make way for the metro line.
Since 1964, the statue of Erasmus has been standing tall at Grotekerkplein, outside Laurenskerk (English: Laurens Church), right here in Rotterdam.
This green statue on the photo is not it!
However, it is an exact copy of the above mentioned statue, printed in 3D. A tribute to Rotterdam’s most famous citizens.
This statue was unveiled on 20 June 2017. It is located in the garden of the historic 17th century building, Schielandshuis, right in front of the Rotterdam’s VVV Tourist Information Centre at Coolsingel.
📍 Coolsingel 114. 3011 AG Rotterdam.