Saint George's Memorial Church, Ieper (Ypres)

Saint George's Memorial Church, Ypres, Belgium, was built to commemorate over 500,000 British and Commonwealth troops, who had died in the three battles fought for the Ypres Salient, during World War I.The church was built following an appeal led by The Ypres League and its President Field Marshal Sir John French, Earl of Ypres, for a British memorial church to be built. Land was given by the town, and the foundation stone was laid by Field Marshal Lord Plumer on 24 July 1927. The church was consecrated by the Bishop of Fulham on 24 March 1929. The architect was Sir Reginald Blomfield. The church is part of the Diocese in Europe of the Church of England and is also a Belgian national monument. The church is open every day from 9:30 am until dusk (4 pm in winter).The church has many plaques and memorials to regiments, associations and individuals.In 2016, as part of the First World War centenary commemorations, a project to install a ring of bells was launched. The church was originally planned to include a ring, but there was insufficient funding available.By September 2017, the church was able to pay for a new ring of change-ringing bells, cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough. They are the first of their kind in Belgium.
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  • Saint George's was originally built for the British workers and their families building the Commonwealth War Grave Commission Cemeteries. It contains memorials to all of the regiments and groups who f...  more »
  • This church offers a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during WW1. The commemoration plaques from schools are still being added to. We have visited twice now and on both occasions there were Ph...  more »
  • Fascinating church that encapsulates the history of pilgrimage and remembrance immediately following WW1 until the present day. Many schools have erected plaques commemorating their dead - my children...  more »
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  • If you are in Leper this Church is well worth searching out.
  • What a wonderful place to visit. The church contains emblems and cushions bearing the names and crests of all British Regiments from WW1
  • I walked into this Anglican Church in the memory a bit by chance... and j is felt an amtmosphere very particular... a lot of emotion and presence as I had the pleasure to meet the former chaplain military Fredeick.. m has exilique the history of this beautiful memorial and Church I have unfortunately lost his address as we exchange... I hope that he can read my message and my address on my email address... thanks for this beautiful meeting anne
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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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