Ypres was one of the most important cloth producing and cloth trading cities of the county of Flanders in the high Middle-Ages. Bruges is known all over the world for being a beautifully preserved medieval town, but if the First World War (The Great War) had not raged over Ypres, perhaps Ypres would have been as famous as Bruges. By 1918 almost nothing remained of the city, because it was in the middle of the frontline between the German and the Allied Armies. Ypres was bombed to pieces and almost wiped off the face of the earth.
But Ypres rose again, and resumed its role as the prime city of the Flemish Westhoek (= the western part of the Belgian Province of West-Flanders, the area behind the river IJzer).
Must see sights/attractions include: the 14th Century Cloth Hall, the Menin Gate, the Town Hall and saint Martin’s Cathedral to name but a few.
Did You Know
Ypres was known as “Wipers” by the 164,000 British troops who defended the town in 1914
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