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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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  • If you are anywhere near Ypres you MUST go to the Menin Gate. We were told some nights are busier than others. We arrived at 7.10pm on what turned out to be a busy evening but managed to get to the... 
    If you are anywhere near Ypres you MUST go to the Menin Gate. We were told some nights are busier than others. We arrived at 7.10pm on what turned out to be a busy evening but managed to get to the...  more »
  • we and my wife visited Menin Gate recently and we watched Last Post Ceremony together and it is a must-experience event for everyone. We had Goosebumps!! As me and my wife were thinking of going to.....  more
    we and my wife visited Menin Gate recently and we watched Last Post Ceremony together and it is a must-experience event for everyone. We had Goosebumps!! As me and my wife were thinking of going to.....  more »
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  • What an amazing experience, so poignant, particularly when we had the luck to see a band of pipers walk from the main square to the gate. Everybody respects the silence when required and when you realise this is done every night for the soldiers that gave their lives during the horrors of the Great War it shows the respect that Belgium has for the many nationalities that fought for its freedom.
  • The magnificent size of this memorial really puts into perspective how many lives were lost. Walking around seeing all the names has an impact on you. And then you think that that's not even all the lives lost. Tyne Cot up the road has several thousand more. Then there's France. Powerful.

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