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Address: Vandenpeerboomplein, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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A beautiful place

A lovely cathedral and I would recommend visiting if ever you go to Ypres. The music was playing when we went in and it was very relaxing, great for silent reflection. There's so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Hannah C
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A lovely cathedral and I would recommend visiting if ever you go to Ypres. The music was playing when we went in and it was very relaxing, great for silent reflection. There's so much to look at including relics and beautiful windows, well worth a visit!

Thank Hannah C
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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88 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This high gothic cathedral was fully destroyed by German artillery from October 1914 till September 1918. This massive building has been fully restored during late 1920s and 1930s. Inside a lot of paintings that were saved before total destruction a kept in Paris during the WW1. Aside the high gothic architecture one will see inside the British Army stained glass... More 

Thank conrad57
Staines, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

It's big and the architecture is quite something. However it's all a bit low key. It's not very elaborate or ornate and when we were there we were the only ones present. No guidebooks, information, cafe, opportunity to buy stuff to support the building - all things which would are ever present in all British cathedrals. Didn't stay long -... More 

Thank Steve C
Scotland, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

A reviewer was disappointed to hear no music in the cathedral. Well, we were lucky to wander into the building as a service was starting and we stayed through the whole Mass even though we don't understand a word of Flemish. And it was the organ that kept us there. What a fantastic instrument! And the lengthy voluntary at the... More 

Thank Ken T
Leuven, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Beautiful cathedral, a must see when you are staying in Ypres. The church was rebuilt after World War I. Saint Martin's Catheral actually is no longer a cathedral, but it still feels like one.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

At the time of our visit, a big Rock Concert was setting up to play that night and there was a lot of noisy preparation of food and drink stalls plus audio testing immediately in front of the cathedral. Inside all was tranquil and the background choir music was beautiful. It is a great pity that more churches do not... More 

Thank davi777
Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The Cathedral is very airy with many beautiful objects in and around the Altar. It was destroyed in WW1 and has been rebuilt to such a standard that it seems several hundred of years old. While it is not of the standard of some of the great churches of France and Belgium it is still worth a visit if you... More 

Thank marsh-land
Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

One of the amazing rebuilt buildings in Ypres. They have lots of exhibits for the 100th anniversary of the war, especially art exhibits. But compared with other cathedrals I'd have to call it average.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It's a beautiful building and obviously well cared for, but it felt like a museum, not a place of worship. And why no music playing? That always adds to atmosphere.

Thank Reiver44
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Interesting cathedral but was closed the first time we went to look around it with no obvious indication of when it would be open and then when we did get in a rather officious woman shooed us out as they wanted to close again.

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