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Menin Gate Memorial

Pay your respects to missing World War I heroes, the fallen soldiers whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields of Ypres.

The Menin Gate Memorial is one of four shrines in Ypres to the missing dead in Belgian Flanders during World War I. The large brick structure bears the names of more than 54,000 servicemen and women who lost their lives fighting for the Commonwealth Forces.

The impressive gate was designed by architect Sir Reginald Blomfield and was unveiled in 1927. Its style is simple and elegant, a tribute to the fallen rather than a triumphant memorial of war.

Marvel at the beauty of the majestic redbrick monument, then wander through one of the arches and into the Hall of Memory. Many of the names of the fallen are inscribed in Portland Stone panels on the hall’s inside walls. Occasionally, a name will be removed from the list when remains are discovered in nearby fields, identified and given a proper burial.

At the western entrance to the memorial, see the sculpted sarcophagus with a flag and wreath. During the war, troops passed through this location on their way to the battlefields. At the eastern entrance is a sculpture of a lion looking out to where the battlefields were located. There are several inscriptions to read at the memorial, including some by writer and poet Rudyard Kipling.

Attend the Last Post ceremony, which is held every evening at the gate. The observance has taken place every day since 1928, except during the period of German occupation in World War II. The road through the gate is closed and a trumpet call is sounded. This is followed by a minute’s silence.

The Menin Gate Memorial is just next to the Kasteelgracht moat in the heart of Ypres. The gate marks the eastern point of the city center and can easily be reached on foot from other attractions, such as the Cloth Hall and St. Martin’s Cathedral. After your visit, go to the nearby monument to the fallen Gurkhas and Indian soldiers.


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Boezingepoortstraat 6, Ypres, West-Flanders
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Ypres, this golf bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of St. George's Memorial Church and Ypres Market Square. Menin Gate Memorial is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away. Ieper Station is 11 minutes by foot.

    Novotel Ieper Centrum Flanders Fields £81
    Novotel Ieper Centrum Flanders Fields

    Novotel Ieper Centrum Flanders Fields

    Sint-Jacobsstraat 15, Ypres
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Ypres, this hotel is steps away from Saint James' Church, Ypres Market Square and Menin Gate Memorial. Bellewaerde is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Ieper Station is 13 minutes by foot.

      Menin Gate House £178
      Menin Gate House

      Menin Gate House

      Hoornwerk 1/2, Ypres
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Ypres, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Menin Gate Memorial and Ypres Market Square. Bellewaerde is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away. Ieper Station is 15 minutes by foot.

        Hotel O Ieper £65
        Hotel O Ieper

        Hotel O Ieper

        D'Hondtstraat 4, Ypres
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Ypres, this hotel is steps away from Ypres Town Hall and Ypres Market Square. Menin Gate Memorial and Bellewaerde are also within 3 miles (5 km). Ieper Station is 10 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Ariane £126
          Hotel Ariane

          Hotel Ariane

          SLACHTHUISSTRAAT 58, Ypres, West Vlaanderen
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Ypres, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres Market Square and Ypres Town Hall. Menin Gate Memorial and Bellewaerde are also within 6 mi (10 km). Ieper Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Menin Gate Apartments £146
            Menin Gate Apartments

            Menin Gate Apartments

            Hoornwerk 1, Ypres
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Ypres, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Menin Gate Memorial and Ypres Market Square. Bellewaerde is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away. Ieper Station is 15 minutes by foot.

              Albion Hotel £105
              Albion Hotel

              Albion Hotel

              Sint-Jacobsstraat 28, Ypres
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Ypres, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Saint James' Church, Menin Gate Memorial and Ypres Market Square. Bellewaerde is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Ieper Station is 13 minutes by foot.

                Alliance Hotel Ieper Centrum £67
                Alliance Hotel Ieper Centrum

                Alliance Hotel Ieper Centrum

                D'Hondtstraat 19, Ypres
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Ypres, this hotel is steps away from Ypres Town Hall and Ypres Market Square. Menin Gate Memorial and Bellewaerde are also within 3 miles (5 km). Ieper Station is 11 minutes by foot.