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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  • 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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  • Every night at 8 pm Bugles and pay tribute to the victims of the Commonwealth impressive and moving
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  • 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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  • Beautiful building. Even if you're not there to remember the wars we fought, the architecture is breath taking. the thousands of names on the walls are really impressive and go straight to your heart. It makes even the cheeriest person go quiet. (Not a bad thing) If you're in the area or just passing through, it's really worth it to just go a bit out of your way to visit.
  • Attended the daily ceremony twice. It starts to get busy from about 7.40 pm, so it's worth getting there early to find the place that you want to stand if you want to see anything in particular. The ceremony is not always the same; people can participate by arrangement with the ceremony marshal, and this can involve people playing a lament, a choir, the laying of a wreath etc. I would just highlight that sometimes people are moved to applaud at the end; please don't do this. It is not an entertainment, it's an act of memorial, and a sombre occasion. Applause is disrespectful (although I understand why some people might think otherwise.)
  • A monument that is equally majestic in its appearance and painfully sober by its presence. Make it at 8pm any day and you can witness the Last Post. A moving experience - don't miss it! In memory our great great uncle George Herbert Mitchell MM, who offered the ultimate sacrifice 100yrs ago today. RIP
  • Humbling and impressive. The Belgian people have a last post ceremony here every night at 20.00, this is a great commitment to remembrance. It's well done and worth attending.
  • An astonishing experience. To be there for such a moving ceremony was very humbling. The respect shown to those that gave their lives for us so long ago was very moving. I feel very privileged to have experienced this occasion.

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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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