Ypres

In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres

The City of Peace Ypres and the In Flanders Fields Museum conserve the link with the war past. Because it is important for those who want to speak about peace and war today. The In Flanders Fields Museum presents the story of the First World War in the West Flanders front region. It is located in the renovated Cloth Halls of Ypres, an important symbol of wartime hardship and later recovery. The completely new permanent exhibition (opening 11 June 2012) tells the story of the invasion of Belgium and the first months of the mobilisation, the four years trench war in the Westhoek - from the beach of Nieuwpoort to the Leie in Armentières -, the end of the war and the permanent remembrance ever since.The focus of the scenography is the human experience and calls particular attention to the contemporary landscape as one of the last true witnesses of the war history. In that context, a visit can also be arranged to the belfry, from where you have a view over the city and the surrounding battlefields. Hundreds of authentic objects and images are presented in an innovative experience-orientated layout. Lifelike characters and interactive installations confront the contemporary visitor with his peers in the war, a century ago.The museum works from many possible perspectives The general and military - historical is important, but also the relation with the present, our approach - as human and society - to our past and that of all other countries involved. People from five continents and more than fifty different countries and cultures took part in the war in Flanders. Our public is diversified and extremely international. The In Flanders Fields museum is much more than a permanent exhibition. There is a current educational action for students from inland and abroad, besides a cultural and artistic programme. In the research centre of the museum every visitor can delve deeper into that dramatic period of the history of the world. Individually you can research the big, global background story here as well as the very personal and local history. Because the nature of war does not change in time, the museum considers presenting this war story as a universal and contemporary message of peace, and therefore an important social mission. The museum works closely together with partners who share its mission and works within the framework of Ypres City of Peace

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Belfort © Tijl Capoen – Copyright Ypres
Stage town for the 1st time
West Flanders capital city. Ieper in Flemish
Population : 35,000 inhabitants (Yprois)
Economy : metal industry, construction, food, health, education, tourism
Culture : Grand Place, The Cloth Hall, belfry, The Menin Gate (every evening the bugle sounds The Last Post in homage to the victims of the First World War), The Knights Templars House, Saint-Martin Cathedral, Saint George Memorial church, military cemeteries, fortifi cations of Vauban, In Flanders Fields Museum, Merghelynck Museum, Belle Hospice Museum, Bellewaerde Park. Festivals: The City of Wings (street festival), Ypres Cat Festival.
Sport : Flac (athletics). Events: Kattekoers (the cat race, cycling), 100 km around Ypres hiking, Geko Ypres Rally (European Rally Championship)
Specialities : Tapjesvlees d'Ypres (braised meat with lardons cooked on a bed of vegetables), Tarte sénateur, Tartine d'Ypres (sweet bread with cinnamon), Patte de chat (Danish pastry shaped like a cat's claw) Cockerulle Cake (with almonds and candied fruit), Terrine de roussette (fish terrine)
Sustainable Development : Westhoek cycling network, bike hire, marked cycle routes, Ypres Salient pedestrian network
Labels : City of Cats, City of Peace

Ypres

Like many other Belgian cities, Ypres, hosting the Tour for the first time, holds its own cycling race, the Kattenkoers, inspired by the local tradition of hunting cats, considered as a threat to the city of cloth. Greg Van Avermaet scored his first major pro win in the Kattenkoers in 2006. In 1951, the race winner was a local rider, Andre Noyelle, who remains to this day the only Belgian winner of the Olympic road race. The solid rider won his gold medal in 1952 in Helsinki on a day when the whole Belgian team shone, Robert Grondelaers taking silver while Lucien Victor came fourth, handing his country the team title. Turned pro, Noyelle made a career in his native country and in the North of France, winning the Grand Prix de Fourmies or the Grand Prix Pino Cerami. But 1952, which also saw him take the amateur world championship silver medal, was the great year of a man who only rode one Grand Tour, the 1956 Vuelta before running a cycle shop in his native Ypres. A local Grand Prix is named after him.

Stage town for the 1st time
West Flanders capital city. Ieper in Flemish
Population : 35,000 inhabitants (Yprois)
Economy : metal industry, construction, food, health, education, tourism
Culture : Grand Place, The Cloth Hall, belfry, The Menin Gate (every evening the bugle sounds The Last Post in homage to the victims of the First World War), The Knights Templars House, Saint-Martin Cathedral, Saint George Memorial church, military cemeteries, fortifi cations of Vauban, In Flanders Fields Museum, Merghelynck Museum, Belle Hospice Museum, Bellewaerde Park. Festivals: The City of Wings (street festival), Ypres Cat Festival.
Sport : Flac (athletics). Events: Kattekoers (the cat race, cycling), 100 km around Ypres hiking, Geko Ypres Rally (European Rally Championship)
Specialities : Tapjesvlees d'Ypres (braised meat with lardons cooked on a bed of vegetables), Tarte sénateur, Tartine d'Ypres (sweet bread with cinnamon), Patte de chat (Danish pastry shaped like a cat's claw) Cockerulle Cake (with almonds and candied fruit), Terrine de roussette (fish terrine)
Sustainable Development : Westhoek cycling network, bike hire, marked cycle routes, Ypres Salient pedestrian network
Labels : City of Cats, City of Peace

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Places to see

The Last Post - Menin Gate

Since 1928, every evening at 8 pm, the Last Post resounds under the impressive vaults of the Menin Gate. The memorial in the shape of Roman Triumph Arch bears the names of the 54,896 soldiers from the British Empire killed in WWI from the start of the was until August 15, 1917. The names of the victims from August 16, 1917 till the end of the war can be found on plaques in the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Passchendaele. There are 34,984 of them.

Military cemeteries

There is no Belgian or German cemetery on the territory of Ypres. The largest Belgian cemetery in the area is in Houthulst. German cemeteries can be found in Langemark (students for the most part), Vladslo (sculpture group Kaethe Kollwitz), Hooglede and Menin-Wevelgem. St. Charles de Potyze is a French military cemetery located along the Zonnebeekseweg, in which rest more than 4,000 French soldiers. There are some 75 Commonwealth cemeteries on the territory of Ypres.

Cloth Hall and belfry

Conceived as a covered market and warehouse, the Cloth Hall was built alongside a former flood - now buried - the Ieperlee. Its construction was completed in 1304.
In WWI, the building was entirely destroyed to the exception of a tower and a few walls. The restoration was undertaken by architects J. Coomans et P.A. Pauwels.

Fortifications

The fortifications of Ypres are among the best preserved in the country. Their history goes bask ten centuries, when the town was on the banks of the now buried river Ieperlee. In the beginning, they were a simple wall of earth surrounded by ditches. Then came the stone rampart and the towers. Later still was built a real complex of strongholds, fortifications, ditches and walls. The walk around the fortifications is 2.6-km long and takes about half an hour.

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Stage town for the 1st time
West Flanders capital city. Ieper in Flemish
Population : 35,000 inhabitants (Yprois)
Economy : metal industry, construction, food, health, education, tourism
Culture : Grand Place, The Cloth Hall, belfry, The Menin Gate (every evening the bugle sounds The Last Post in homage to the victims of the First World War), The Knights Templars House, Saint-Martin Cathedral, Saint George Memorial church, military cemeteries, fortifi cations of Vauban, In Flanders Fields Museum, Merghelynck Museum, Belle Hospice Museum, Bellewaerde Park. Festivals: The City of Wings (street festival), Ypres Cat Festival.
Sport : Flac (athletics). Events: Kattekoers (the cat race, cycling), 100 km around Ypres hiking, Geko Ypres Rally (European Rally Championship)
Specialities : Tapjesvlees d'Ypres (braised meat with lardons cooked on a bed of vegetables), Tarte sénateur, Tartine d'Ypres (sweet bread with cinnamon), Patte de chat (Danish pastry shaped like a cat's claw) Cockerulle Cake (with almonds and candied fruit), Terrine de roussette (fish terrine)
Sustainable Development : Westhoek cycling network, bike hire, marked cycle routes, Ypres Salient pedestrian network
Labels : City of Cats, City of Peace

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