Sunday, 3 January 2010

Ypres, The Menin Gate and Cloth Hall - Ieper de Menenpoort en de Lakenhalle

On the cold evening of January 1, 19:30 we decided to go for a walk in Ypres. We had to hurry to be on time for "The Last Post" ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial. Even on this special day and the cold, there were many people present showing their respect to all soldiers of the British Commonwealth who fell on the battlefield east of this town during World War I and that have no known grave. In total the names of 54,896 soldiers are written on the walls of the memorial. Everyday since 1928, "The Last Post" has been played with the aim is to maintain this in perpetuity.

Op de koude avond van nieuwjaarsdag om 19:30 besloten we nog een wandeling te maken door Ieper. We hebben ons gehaast om nog op tijd te zijn voor "The Last Post"aan de Menenpoort. Zelfs op deze speciale en koude dag waren er vele mensen om hun respect te tonen voor de gesneuvelde Britse soldaten uit de eerste Wereldoorlog, voor wie er geen bekend graf is. In totaliteit staan er 54,896 namen op de muren van de Menenpoort. Iedere dag sinds 1928 wordt hier uit respect "The Last Post"gespeeld en men hoopt dit voor altijd door zal gaan.

Ieper Yper Menin Hall Menenpoort Demuinck Pardon

Ieper Yper Menin Hall Menenpoort Demuinck Pardon

Ieper Yper Menin Hall Menenpoort Demuinck Pardon

There are many beautiful houses on the market of Ypres that is dominated by the large building of the Cloth Hall. The Cloth Hall is an amazing building from the 13th century and has a Belfry of 70 meter high which was used as a commercial Hall (market) during the Middle Ages. This building is now host to the "Flanders Fields Museum".

Er zijn vele mooie huizen op de markt van Ieper die voornamelijk gedomineerd wordt door het grote gebouw van de Lakenhalle. Dit gebouw van de 13de eeuw heeft een Belfort van 70 meter hoog en werd gedurende de middeleeuwen gebruikt als marktplaats en handelsgebouw. In de Lakenhalle is nu het "Flanders Fields Museum"gevestigd.

Ieper Yper Cloth Hall Lakenhalle Demuinck Pardon

Ieper Yper Cloth Hall Lakenhalle Demuinck Pardon

Ieper Yper Cloth Hall Lakenhalle Demuinck Pardon

Ieper Yper Cloth Hall Lakenhalle Demuinck Pardon


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5 comments:

  1. Everything is so wonderfully lit up. The atmosphere seems so inviting. One can take in so much in such places. Everything is a work of art.

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  2. Great shots. You captured it so well. Thanks for sharing the info. All the structures and buildings look so magical and fantastically lit up.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  3. Great photos! And thanks for including me on your blogroll. I have been to the Netherlands, and it could have been better if I've known you back then (it was in 2007).

    Keep 'em coming. More adventures to come.

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  4. tof gemaakt! zeker die laatste foto is mega cool :D

    Mis jullie

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