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Menin Gate Memorial straddles one of the main roads that led soldiers to the front line during World War I and commemorates fallen soldiers whose graves are unknown. Some 54,896 names of Commonwealth soldiers who gave their lives during the war are inscribed on a memorial wall. The triumphal arch, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, leads to a barrel-vaulted passage through the mausoleum. You'll feel the weight of these soldiers' sacrifice as you read through thousands of names of missing and unaccounted-for men. The memorial gate attracts hordes of visitors to a ceremony held nightly to honor the brave soldiers. Every night since July 2, 1928 (except during occupation in the Second World War), local police have stopped traffic on the street while buglers have played "Last Post" to show gratitude for the men who gave their lives for Belgium's freedom. To visit Menin Gate Memorial on your holiday in Ieper (Ypres), and find out what else Ieper (Ypres) has to offer, use our Ieper (Ypres) road trip planning tool .
Menin Gate Memorial Reviews
Impressive monument in honour of too many commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives in WWI. Last Post bugle memorial service at 8pm every evening. more »
There are 55,000 names of the missing on this incredible memorial. You find yourself looking for your family name. Half hoping you find it. Half hoping you can’t. A very respectful construction in a b... more »
Amazing memorial to all those who lost their lives and are still unaccounted for. Very humbling and quite emotional. Definitely worth going out of the way to visit. Best to park your car just outside the town in the south - east corner and walk from there along the river. Parking is free of charge.
Superb memorial to the fallen. Ceremony to honour them every night at eight. Gets busy so arrive early if you want to be at the front. The crowds were silently respectful during the ceremony. The Last Post was hauntingly beautiful.
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