Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper (Ypres)

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Menin Gate Memorial straddles one of the main roads that led soldiers to the front line during World War I and commemorates fallen soldiers whose graves are unknown. Some 54,896 names of Commonwealth soldiers who gave their lives during the war are inscribed on a memorial wall. The triumphal arch, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, leads to a barrel-vaulted passage through the mausoleum. You'll feel the weight of these soldiers' sacrifice as you read through thousands of names of missing and unaccounted-for men. The memorial gate attracts hordes of visitors to a ceremony held nightly to honor the brave soldiers. Every night since July 2, 1928 (except during occupation in the Second World War), local police have stopped traffic on the street while buglers have played "Last Post" to show gratitude for the men who gave their lives for Belgium's freedom. To visit Menin Gate Memorial on your holiday in Ieper (Ypres), and find out what else Ieper (Ypres) has to offer, use our Ieper (Ypres).
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  • Great visit - beautiful site. Hard to believe the names are all people who have not had proper burials. Sobering reminder....  more »
  • The last post is a must see for everyone to showtheir respect to our fallen. Very moving experience.  more »
  • Firstly the town of Ypres is such a beautiful place you will love it. We stayed there for two days to explore the town and visit the Menin Gate and whiteness the last post ceremony which takes place.....  more »
  • U really really must go!! It's just so moving. They blow the trumpets every single night . Even in this modern day and age. It attracts thousands of people! U can actually feel the soldiers with u in spirit as the trumpet players sound out. 😐😐
  • Lovely Builders, very friendly people. The gate itself is a great tribute to those that lost there lives and I found it incredibly moving, we went to the evening service there very well populated by all ages and nationalities. The atmosphere also some but gratifying. A visit to do I feel
  • Absolutely Beautiful loved Ypres so much. Last post was a very respectful event and honour the all the soldiers and families. Beautiful cathedrals and a Christmas market along with the poppy field (not real ones), you experience so much involvement and participation from the tourist and the locals. The souvenir shop can be a bit over priced. Museum is good and has a fair amount of technology.
  • So glad I finally got to visit this wonderful place. You could here a pin drop during the last post. Cant think of a better way to share in thanking the heroes of WW1 for the ultimate sacrifice they made. Need to get there early if you want a clear view of the proceedings. Was bitter cold when we went so wrap up warm.
  • Another of the very meaningful places that can be found in Belgium. More than 250.000 people died in this town during WWI and at the Menin Gate you can see the names of the almost 55000 people who could be identified during the Great War, according to a local there are 54.680 names engraved on the walls of the Menin Gate. So much history in this beautiful gothic city you that has to be seen.

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