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Ypres Salient

Tourist Office

Grote Markt, 34
8900 Ieper
Tel (057) 20.07.24

THE FLANDERS FIELDS 
MUSEUM

An Interactive museum
Grote Markt 34
B - 8900 Ieper
(click on the logo )

 

The Skyline of Ypres, with the Cloth Hall and the Cathedral.

Nowadays, the town of Ypres (in Dutch : Ieper) looks like a small quiet provincial town. The gigantic cloth hall overlooks the market square of this beautifully rebuilt medieval town. The past is always just one step away.

Poppies at the Menin Gate in November.Ypres was one of the most important cloth producing and cloth trading cities of the county of Flanders in the high Middle-Ages. Bruges is known all over the world for being a beautifully preserved medieval town, but if the First World War (The great War) had not raged over Ypres, perhaps Ypres would have been as famous as Bruges. By 1918 almost nothing remained of the city, because it was in the middle of the frontline between the German and the Allied Armies. Ypres was bombed to pieces and almost wiped off the face of the earth.

But Ypres rose again, and resumed its role as the prime city of the Flemish Westhoek (= the western part of the Belgian Province of West-Flanders, the area behind the river IJzer).
In November 1999 a new industrial area was opened in Ypres, called 'Flanders Language Valley', now a
conference and congress center.
 


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