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Ieper is an ancient Belgian city situated in West Flanders, a Flemish province belonging to the Westhoek region. At the time of World War I in August 1914, this town was referred to as Ypres, its French name. At present, the town is officially known as Ieper, its Flemish name. There are many significant World War sites that could be explored by availing cheap flights to Ieper. Lille Airport is the nearest major airport in Ieper and is about 47 km from its center.
The Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle) is located at the very heart of the town at the market square called the GroteMarkt. The building has been rebuilt completely and presently houses all the town’s official function rooms along with the Westhoek, Visitors Center for Ypres, In Flanders Field Museum etc. The hall is surmounted by belfry with a 49-bell carillon.
The Saint Martin's Cathedral, built along the Gothic lines, was originally constructed in 1221 and was entirely reconstructed post World War, this time with a much higher spire. The tombs of Jansenius, founder of the religious movement called Jansenism, and also of Robert of Bethune, the Count of Nevers and Flanders, are found here. The market square also called the Grote Markt is encircled by buildings that were constructed in a distinctive medieval or renaissance architectural style. There is a plethora of shops, restaurants, cafes and hotels here. It is always buzzing with life.
The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing located in Ypres commemorates all those soldiers belonging to the British Commonwealth, excluding those from Newfoundland who lost their lives in the Ypres Salient at the time of World War I and who had no known grave. If you are patriotic at heart, it is time you get on one of the cheap flights to Ieper to pay homage to the brave soldiers.
St. George's Memorial Church was constructed post World War I to cater to the needs of all those pilgrims who came to Ypres looking for the grave of a near and dear one and never returned. Ypres Reservoir Cemetery is the only surviving of the three cemeteries built near the city’s prison and waterworks during the war. Spend a peaceful and nostalgic weekend in any of the hotels in Ieper.