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In Flanders Field museum is in the ""Lakenhal
Since the seventies there has been a small museum that told the story about the Ieper Saillant and the tragedy that took place in these Flanders Fields. It grew out above the average war museum (most collections of certain war memorabilias) as it makes you experience the drama at the hand of documentairy films, texts, maquettes, historical things but especially at the hand of diorama's showing happenings of the people that lived in this hell on earth. The soldiers, the nurses and doktors, the locals and of various nationalities. The 14-18-generation is dying, but this museum keeps the message (warning) alive. The clear statement that the museum hands over to us: war settles nothing and war only knows loosers.
from 1-4 until 30-9 every day from 10:00 'til 18:00 hours
from 1-10 until 31-3 (except from X-mas until mid Januari) every day from 10:00 'til 17:00 hours - closed on Mondays
Address: In the "Lakenhal"at the Marketsquare
Saint Martin's tower rising up in the sky
The tower of Saint Martin's cathedral is - together with the Belfort - the most destinguised sign from a distance surrounding Ieper. From a far one can recognise both, but especially the highest: the cathedral's tower, rising almost a hundred meters in the air. The wonderful fine decorations of the Gothic style are a lust for the eyes and one can gaze over the cathedral's wings for hours and still discover new items.
The cathedral is a definate must to see completely
Inside the cathedral there is an enormous collection of historical treasures to be seen. Besides the dazzling colours that the light throws in through the beautiful fglas-in-lead windows there are significant gravestones. One is from the knight Robrecht van Bethune, the Lion of Flanders. Also two of the most (in)famous bishops are burried in the cathedral: Martinus Bauwens (1561-1583) and Cornelius Jansenius (1585-1638). seeing this cathedral only from the outside is great, but one should take some extra time and discover the wonders inside. The website I mention states every detail of it and is made by an Ieper-fanatic and citizen.
The two towers ... was J.R Tolkien here?
Well, walking further over the Rijselse straat you will clearly see where you're heading to as the two towers are again rising high. The Rijselse straat end in front of the Lakenhal and on the Marketsquare. This walk covers many of Ieper's monuments and special places. Just taking the tour will cost you around two hours, but that is exclusive possible visits to the museums. And of course ... you have to return in the evening to the Meense Poort (Menin Gate) ...
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The house and chapel of God's house "Belle"
The houses that belong to a foundation already founded in 1276 were originally a hospital. Later it focussed more on elderly women. In the 17th century the buildings were completely renovated from foundations of the wealthy families Guines and Belle (the were already present from the start). The family weapons can be found upon the facade as well as kneeling statues of the members at that time. With these renovations a chapel was built and connected to the main house. In the chapel there is a museum, the "God's house Belle". It contains a collection of paintings, furniture, church-cloths, silverware, pottery, lace and tinwork. It also shows old originals of the city stamps, the ones that were used to seal official documents.
Openen between the 1st of April and the 31st of October from 10:00 until 12.30 and from 14:00 until 18:00 hours. Mondays closed.
Address: Rijselsestraat 38, 8900 Ieper
The significant red house in the Rijselse straat
In a sidestreet of the Rijselstraat, acros the red house in the picture and a little further from the "Tempeliershuis" there is a beautiful reconstructed house of the former Arthur Merghelynck. He strated a private museum in 1894. In the house you can visit stylish furnitured rooms from the 18th century. In the former carriage house there is an additional museum in which a huge collection of archelogical objects can be seen (over 800). Especially the items relating to the rich "laken" (cloth) trade are for Ieper visitors a must.
Open for groups only throughout the year. Contact before arrival.
Address: A. Merghelynckstraat 2, 8900 Ieper
The magnificent old "stone" of the Tempeliers
We return then through the same street until we are back on the Rijselse straat. We immediately are eye in eye with a magnificent large building on the other side of the street. On both sides it has two pointy towers rising up in the sky and the forms are definately gothic. This is the only remaining "steen" (stone) of Ieper, the name that one gave in medieval times to the "stone" houses of wealthy traders, called patricians. later in those times the building has belonged to the Tempel knight, a German order that was especially active in the Eastern crusades (towards the Baltics). The house is 13th century and made of natural stone. In modern times it has been a while the postoffice of Ieper.
Majestically rising into the air: Saint Jacob
In the early times here was a simple chaple, but already in the 12th century it was replaced by a bigger Romanic church. This one - in it's turn - was renewed into a larger church in the 15 century and the churchtower follwed in 1634. The church was heavily damaged by the "Geuzen" (liberation fighters for a free Lowlands in the 80 years war against Habsburgian Spain). In 1798 the French did the same thing, but in 1802 the church saw restorations and a new light. The Great War however destroyed the church again, now even worse then before, but ... here in front of you it rises proudly it's tower into the air.
Address: Guido gezelle plein (Guido Gezelle square)
Directions: From Saint Pieter to Saint Jacob one has a few options. Recommended is to go alongside the first church, the follow the "d'Hondt straat until the last church shows it's tower.
Romainc and old church: Sint Pieter
The Saint Peter's church (Sint Pieter) is the oldest of the churches of Ieper. Around this church the first tradecentre and town strated to grow around the 10th and 11 th centuries. Imagine that then the surroundings of the Marketsquare and the Lakenhalle were mainly agricultural terraine.
Directions: We walked over the innercourt of the Saint Jans Godshuis and crossed a little alley. Then we went to the left into the Rijselse straat.
The small middle house is Sint Godelieve chapel
Sint Godelieve is a typical Belgian saint. The name is totally Flamish. Here she has a chapel next to the Saint Jans Godshuis. Actually the building used to be the laundranette of the Saint John's house of God. Saint Godelieve should have stayed here a night when she was on the run for her husband from Gistel to Boulogne.
Address: Ieperleestraat 31, 8900 Ieper
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