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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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Menin Gate Memorial reviews
The gate is kept beautifully but was under scaffolding for cleaning when we were there which slightly spoiled our experience. The guides suggested we stood under the gate for the 8pm ceremony but...
The gate is kept beautifully but was under scaffolding for cleaning when we were there which slightly spoiled our experience. The guides suggested we stood under the gate for the 8pm ceremony but... more »
They shall not be forgotten. The Last Post at 8pm is still drawing the crowds thankfully and the advice is to get there at 7.30 to get a view of the ceremony.
They shall not be forgotten. The Last Post at 8pm is still drawing the crowds thankfully and the advice is to get there at 7.30 to get a view of the ceremony. more »
This monument to fallen WWI soldiers was incredibly moving. It only holds the names of the fallen of one small part of one war, and yet the names never seem to end. It was an incredible tribute to...
This monument to fallen WWI soldiers was incredibly moving. It only holds the names of the fallen of one small part of one war, and yet the names never seem to end. It was an incredible tribute to... more »
A wonderful memorial. Spend some time here to reflect on the men who walked through on their way to war and never returned. Be sure to catch "The Last Post" ceremony at 8:00 every evening. Be there 30 minutes early to catch a good viewing point.
Excellent. A fitting & moving monument to the soldiers & service men & women of The Great War. The daily evening service provides a few minutes to reflect & ponder the past as well as the future. The thought of so many with unknown graves is so sad. The people of Flanders & in particular Ypres to maintain such a monument & tradition is testimony to their gratitude to those who died.
Excellent a sobering experience to see so many names from so many continents called to war. There were pipers who marched though this evening and we listened to the last post. A truly humbling time on a beautiful sunny evening.
A very moving memorial monument in Ypres, which was built to honour over 50, 000 Commonwealth soldiers who died in World War One who have no known grave. The names of every one of the lost soldiers are engraved on the monument. Definitely worth visiting.
What an amazing experience to share. Utterly speechless that the last post is done by volunteers. Big crowds so get ther early. As for the Gate, a truely breath taking memorial, so many names to read, very humbling. But so worth visiting. As with all of Ypres, everything is so tidy. Fantastic place.
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