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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) road trip planning tool .
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Menin Gate Memorial Reviews
Intially we were going to do a day trip from Brussels and come back later at night. Decided to stay in Ypres/Leper for the night and also have a good around. Glad we did that. Hotel was only minutes a... more »
Not knowing what to expect seeing the gate in daytime use was surprising and moving. It is wonderful that this is one of the main thoroughfares into the town and therefore locals and visitors use it a... more »
The last post was very reverent. Get there at least an hour early so you can get a good position as the crowds swell every night into the 100’s. The crowd clears very quickly after the ceremony so it is worth waiting around for 15 minutes. We went and had a drink at the local pub and then went and explored the gate once the crowds had dispersed.
The fact that it was built to commemorate 54000 soldiers of the British empire who have no known grave, must make it the most important WW1 memorial in all of Flanders. The nightly Last Post ceremony is very poignant.
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