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Cloth Halls & Menin Gate


Cloth Halls
The Cloth Halls of Ypres, were one of the largest commercial buildings of the Middle Ages. It served as the main market and warehouse for the Flemish flourishing cloth industry. The original structure, built mainly in the 13th century, lay in ruins after the Germans destroyed Ypres in World War I. The hall was meticulously reconstructed to its pre-war condition. The belfry that surmounts the hall has a 49-bell carillon. In 1999 the whole complex was assigned as UNESCO World Heritage. Nowadays in a part the Cloth hall of Ypres the In Flanders Fields Museum is settled. The name refers to a well-known poem “In Flanders Fields” of John Alexander McCrae. It is an interactive war museum that discusses the First World War in the region of Ypres. The visitors are immersed with pictures and background sounds in the time of 1914-1918.

Menin Gate
In 1927 the Menin gate was built in Ypres by the British government. The official name is “Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing”, it is dedicated to missing soldiers who were killed in one of the battles of Ypres. Their bodies were never found or could never be identified. Almost 54,900 names are inscribed on the walls of the Menin gate. The Menin gate is the most touristic place of Ypres. Under the Menin gate, the Last post is sounded every evening at 8 pm as a tribute to the soldiers who were killed during the First World war.

Opening Hours

1 April – 15 November:
every day, from 10 am till 6 pm.

16 November – 31 March:
Tuesday until Sunday , from 10 am till 5 pm.


Lakenhallen / Cloth Halls:
Grote Markt 34, 8900 Ieper
Menenpoort / Menin Gate:
Menenstraat, 8900 Ieper



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