Now a place of pilgrimage, Ypres’ memorials, Gothic architecture, and surrounding fields highlight the significant role it played in modern history.
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Ypres, the French name for the city also known as Ieper in Dutch, is inextricably intertwined with the destruction and huge loss of life in nearby battlefields during WW1. A visit to Ypres is incomplete without seeing the In Flanders Field Museum or Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, a structure commemorating the unknown British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in and around Ypres during the war.
Upon arriving, however, you'll discover that Ypres offers much more than just a launching pad to memorials outside the city. Its medieval streets and reconstructed Gothic cathedral stand testament to its former status as an important commercial center, most notably as a central crossroads in the once-flourishing linen trade with England. Explore Ypres' unique role in these pivotal historical eras on a Context private and small group guided tours.