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Ieper (Ypres) is an ancient city located in the Flemish province of West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen) in the Westhoek region of Belgium. The municipality of Ieper includes the city itself and a number of villages, namely Boezinge, Brielen, Dikkebus, Elverdinge, Hollebeke, Sint-Jan, Vlamertinge, Voormezele, Zillebeke and Zuidschote. Ieper and these villages count a population of around 35,000 inhabitants.

When the First World War was declared in August 1914 the town was known by it's French name of Ypres. Now the town is formally known by the Flemish name of Ieper and Flemish is the local spoken language. Being close to the French border, nevertheless, like many places in this locality the town is known by both names and visitors will find it signposted in both Flemish and French.

 It was the focal point of no lessthan three major campaigns, numbered somewhat unimpaginatively 1st, 2nd and 3rd Ypres.  For much of the war the city was dominated by German possession of hte hegits to the east of the city comprising Broodseinde Ridge and tp the nrth, Paschendaele.  The Menin gate stands in mute testament to the tend of thousans of British Commonwealth lives lost in defence of this part of Belgium.



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Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)*

Menin Road
Ieper (Ypres), Provincie West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders) - Flanders, Belgium

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