"Ieper (Ypres) touches all senses in extremes" Top 5 Page for this destination Ieper by Pavlik_NL

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Medieval beauty wiped away and returned

Ieper is a town that has a great medieval past. Over it hangs forever the dramatic events that took place in the Great War (1914-1918). The city was completely destroyed and 100.000's fell in the Flanders feilds surrounding this place. The centre of town has been rebuilt in the exact image of what it was and the beauty of many monument is unmatched. Walking through the town one will be amazed by the architecture and the ancient history. But one will also be reminded of the four dreadful years at the beginning of the 20st century and it should be exactly like that. Let us never, ever forget and remember these poor souls that lost their lives in "the war that would end all wars".

The shocking tragedy in the Ypres salient

Ieper itself has a wonderful centre, that was completely destroyed in four years of continuous shelling. My page of Ieper will tell about this town and will refer to the battle in it's sailent. However, the circle making this salient has seen the fiercest fighting and in the villages there the most reminders are of the Great War. Here are the cemetries, the memorials, the monuments that make us to never forget. The frontline ran From South, along East to North through the communities of:
Zillebeke
>Zonnebeke
Sint Juliaan
Langemark
Poelkapelle

Please, do visit these pages as well to get an impression of the "In Flanders Fields-route" that tells the tragic story about what happened in the Ypres salient between 1914 and 1918.

Shadows of memories forever present

Ieper is a town that touches your senses deep. Before going here read at least a book about it's medieval glory (once it was one of the largest European towns) and one about 1914-1918 (WW I) and the horrible battles that took place here.
The beauty of it's monumental buildings like the "Lakenhal" (Cloth-hall), the Cathedral and the many medieval guild houses. The wonderful tastes of the regional and in general Belgian dishes and specialties. But also the tears that will well when you hear the last post under the "Meense poort" (Menin gate) or the lumb in your throat you will have to swallow standing in front of the grave of private John Condon on the British cemetry near Poelkapelle. Ieper awakens your emotions in the most extreme ways.

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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    It is a wonder how nicely they rebuilt this town and restored its beauty. You surley are proud to be a part of its society. Thank you

  • KrisHerron's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:02 AM

    We will be attending the 90th Anniversary of the end of WW1 in November, and this place is becoming of interest to all Australians. We seem to only remember the Anzacs at Gallipoli, but recent events have highlighted just how important this area is.

  • Rachael71's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2007 at 12:12 PM

    Your Ieper pages are wonderful. Thank you!

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2007 at 9:57 AM

    Dit was een vergissing. Sorry.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2006 at 3:07 AM

    Well documented pages, congratulations. My grandfather is commemorated there, I must make the trip.

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2006 at 12:51 PM

    Interesting cat history!

  • JosM's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2004 at 2:42 PM

    Very well documented and interesting page, with nice pics.

  • CubsIn4's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2004 at 11:21 AM

    Thank you for sharing this information about a city that has seen both tragedy and triumph. I would like to see it someday, and I'm glad to hear it was rebuilt exactly as it was before the war. Its people did not let war and death have the final word.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2004 at 6:47 AM

    Great [age especially for old architecture and history lovers! Very interesting information on the area and in local customs tips - haha, cat-city there!

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2004 at 6:56 AM

    A great page Paul , you certainly worked very hard on this page and great imformation about everything places like this do make you think eh Paul ,Thanks for showing this to the world.

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