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Menin Gate Memorial

Menenstraat | Poort gebouw, Ieper (Ypres) 8900, Belgium
+32 57 23 92 20
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Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). The YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL now bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. The memorial, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield with sculpture by Sir William Reid-Dick, was unveiled by Lord Plumer on 24 July 1927. Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.
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Menenstraat | Poort gebouw, Ieper (Ypres) 8900, Belgium
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Reviewed yesterday

Oh how sad to see over 50,000 names of soldiers who have no known grave having died in the first World War. Our guide had pointed out a new grave at Tyne Cot cemetery and then pointed to the same name on the memorial.. His...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Such a beautiful memorial & the ceremony is so very moving. The town of Ypres is lovely worth walking around & enjoying.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

By day, and especially at the 8pm wreath laying ceremony every evening, this a "moving" place to visit

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I went to this memorial during a visit to Ypres, it has thousands of names inscribed of soldiers killed in the first world war that had no known burial place. The Last Post is played each evening at 8 PM. I would recommend anyone visiting...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

What a wonderful memorial to all the fallen heroes of WW1 - so heartwarming to be part of a crowd that honours our soldiers all these years on. This happens every night of the year, year after year. The Belgians look after all the cemeteries...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This huge monument stands as a reminder of the horrors of War and the loss of so many lives. Names of soldiers who died during World War 1 and have no known graves are inscribed on the walls. The Last Post ceremony is held here...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A monument of vast importance in history. I defy anyone not to feel emotional when visiting this site . It is within the town area.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

About 2000 people were there on a Monday night when we went so go early if you want a viewpoint, I would suggest 9.15hrs. Otherwise go in the day and wonder at this beautiful memorial. Enough said.

Thank PeteWaddington
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A remarkable memorial to the Allied forces who fell during the various battles around the Ypres Salient that have no known grave, the memorial holds some 54000 names.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gate itself is incredible. The listing of the names on the walls drives home the point of the costliness of this “war to end all wars”. We were only day tripping to Ypres and were not able to attend the “Last Post” ceremony. However,...More

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Sheed888
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Response from Neil H | Reviewed this property |
Every day so yes
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Joan D
1 February 2018|
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Response from John G | Reviewed this property |
@Joan D, there’s plenty of places to purchase such items not far from the Menin Gate but there’s also a Legions store right by the entrance, hope this helps you & enjoy your tour, but I’ll warn you in advance it’s very... More
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Response from spencersgran | Reviewed this property |
Yes of course no problems.Sorry I took so long to reply x
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