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Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper (Ypres)

Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
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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. Arrange to visit Menin Gate Memorial and other attractions in Ieper (Ypres) using our Ieper (Ypres) itinerary maker.
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  • This massive memorial to just under 60,000 WWI dead who have no known grave is a must see. I defy anyone to remain unmoved. A poignant ceremony to the war dead takes place every day @ 8pm so if you ar...  read more »
  • Awe-inspiring is the only word I can use to describe this fantastic memorial. The Last Post occurs at 8pm every night, we went 3 nights running, and to ensure a good view of the ceremony I highly reco...  read more »
  • Every night at 20:00, since the end of the war of 14-18 a meditation inside this monument takes place. It is imbued with respect for those of the British Empire who gave their lives in defense of freedom. Some came from Australia, others in South Africa. Respect! The sound of the Bugle gives an impressive note to this ceremony attended by a large number of people. A ceremony which goes straight to the heart!
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  • An unmissable landmark if you are in Ypres. A stunning memorial to the (undiscovered) victims of the first world war. The last post is an essential viewing if you are here in the evening, as it is different every night, but beware it gets very busy and do not expect to see much unless you arrive very early - however you go to hear it rather than see it. I would recommend visiting during the day when it is quieter, and follow the recommended path around Ypres.
  • It's a nice monument to visit, and certainly during the last post at 8 pm. It's in the center of Ypres, but it's also surrounded by a nice, walkable park on top of the city walls.
  • A must-see when you're in the neighborhood! Wander around and start reading the names of falling soldiers that died for our future. It's quite shocking when you realize just how many soldiers passed away.
  • The last post echoes around it every evening at 8. I came here a few years back and the respect payed by several British school parties was exemplary, shame a couple of adults were talking and were to told to keep quiet by the kids.
  • An absolute must. Go at 8pm and witness the last post ceremony. Get there early as it is very popular.
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