Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper (Ypres)

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) road trip planning tool .
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  • August 17, 2017
    We walk all the way to the water and arrived at the Menin gate. We can't stay indifferent to these long lists of soldiers who died during the war conflict.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Every night at 8 pm Bugles and pay tribute to the victims of the Commonwealth impressive and moving
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  • August 16, 2017
    A fantastic monument where my father and his two brothers recently laid a wreath in memory of their two uncles killed in the Great War. It is a very touching ceremony and is being held throughout the ...  more »
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  • May 31, 2017
    This is a magnificent memorial and a fitting tribute to those who died. The evening ceremony is a wonderful tradition, especially as it is run by volunteers. This is a must and fitting tribute to those who experienced such horror and destruction. It provides a moving tribute tot hose who died.
  • May 27, 2017
    This is certainly recommended visit. Although it becomes little crowded over the weekends. You would need to be near the gate for more than 30 minutes in advance to be at the right place. It is lovely to watch people from the young and the old generation come together every evening in this memoir. I could not understand the language but it did not matter. In Ypres we communicate emotionally! Having lost so many people in this area and knowing about them is overwhelming.
  • June 9, 2017
    The Menin Gate is a nice contruction honored to the fallen soldiers. Every night at 8 p.m. the last post takes place. Highly recommended by several sites we went there. Needed to be there at 7.20 to get a proper spot - which turned out to be the wrong it is a short ceremony. It is a place of honor however if there is a regular last post spare the waiting and do something else. You can see what is happening the nights on lastpost.be
  • June 25, 2017
    Very moving and thought provoking. Like all the war graves. Immaculately kept.
  • July 2, 2017
    A wonderful tribute to the fallen with the "Last Post" played every night.

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Where to stay in Ieper (Ypres)

As a small town, Ieper provides most of its accommodations in the city center within walking distance from the central train station and the main tourist attractions. You'll find mostly mid-range hotels nestled in the historical center, which is contained by a ring of canals snaking their way around the city's core. With only a modest array of choices, the majority of places to stay are small mid-range hotels or bed and breakfasts.
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