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    Posted: 10 June 2021 at 16:36
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Probably the most well known structure in Ypres is the Menin gate, carrying the names of almost 55.000 killed soldiers from the British Empire in WW1 near Ieper that have no known grave.

It was built in 1927 and since 1928 every evening at 20:00 the Last Post is being performed there. This daily tradition was only forbidden by the Germans during the 1940 - 1944 occupation during WW2.

Walking through the gate and looking at many panels filled with names followed by witnessing this Last Post performance is a sobering experience, but very worthwhile and valuable "lest we forget......"


Menin gate (with the Last Post performers underneath)



During COVID times the public is kept outside the gate during the daily performance



The horn of one of the Last Post performers


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Ypres has been a military bastion since the early middle ages. About half of the town is still surrounded by city walls and other fortifications. Over the centuries these were changed, destroyed and rebuilt many times. What still can be seen today is from the late 18th century.

To the south in the old walls there is the Rijsselgate, on the road to Rijssel/Lille.


City wall fortifications with the Rijsselgate at the end



The Rijsselgate from the side



It's now an arch over one of the main roads to get into the city center



From a slightly different angle



But the signs to the WW1 memorials/cemeteries are always present


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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:


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Thanks for the reminder Pieter - I have visited Ieper many times, even on honeymoon. The first time I attended the Menin Gate ceremony there was 100 or so folk under the arch. Then the Centenary hit and thousands attended every night (including bus loads of schoolchildren) - and I no longer felt the urge to attend whenever I was in the area. Now with Covid it's all change again, back to a small crowd, but excluded from the arch it seems.

But what on earth is going on in the Grote Markt?- Hopefully it's not the tower block it appears to be?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 June 2021 at 20:42
Hi Phil, don't worry, the block you see through the gate is scaffolding around the tower of the Lakenhal for a full restoration, It looks ugly now but hopefully all for a better future.

Three days after I was there and took these images of the last post people were allowed under the gate again, but all with a face mask and standing still on designated "spots" on the pavement. When you don't have a "spot" (there's about 400) you still have to wait and observe from the outside. I don't know when they would move back to full normal.
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Some more from the Menin gate

The principle of the names on the gate are explained in an inscription above the entrance



Side view of the gate, from the fortifications/city wall



Side Gallery




Names, names, names




Stairway back to street level


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