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Saint Martin's Cathedral

Vandenpeerboomplein, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Ranked #14 of 31 attractions in Ieper (Ypres)
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Ireland
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257 reviews 257 reviews
208 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

As with most of the town, this outstanding cathedral was severely damaged during WW1. It was magnificently rebuilt according to original plans, and interestingly with a taller spire. The nave is splendid with a marvellous vista leading to the high altar. The columns and arches are striking. The stained glass windows were gleaming in the sunshine. There are a number... More

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

I'm catholic and have to attend Sunday mass even while on holiday. Therefore made the decision to go to the 11:00 mass on Sunday the 13th of July. The church was stunning, honestly one of the most beautiful churches I've seen. And the priests were so kind even though they spoke no english. The mass was in Flemish which I... More

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Attended Mass which was as expected. A beautiful place of worship lovingly restored but not a dead shrine. Bold in contemporary exhibition, beautiful glass and a fine organ

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We enjoyed looking around before having some food and meeting up again with geocachers from around the world to join together with hundreds more attending the special Last Post Ceremony. A wreath was placed on behalf of the international Geocaching Community. The whole building, inside and out was absolutely amazing and overwhelming. Great to see the amount of dedication and... More

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Buderim, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This was a nice cathedral to walk around and very uncrowded. Again the cathedral was re build after WW1 which is amazing.

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manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

A great cathedral, very accessible to tourists and some lovely things. The organist plays the Carillon on Saturdays plus he plays the smaller organ some days in the early afternoon for an hour.

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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Most European towns/cities you go to, the main cathedral in the centre of town is full of tourists who just want to see what the inside looks like. My wife and I went to St Martin's cathedral on a Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning and both times it was virtually empty. Inside the cathedral is huge and there is a... More

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Wimborne Saint Giles, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Glorious Cathedral with some facinating and very beautiful features. Biggest organ I have seen for many a year and would love to hear it played. Huge painting of the earlier siege of the town is worth studying (the Brits have been there before) and gives you some context of the wider and very rich history of the town.

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Essex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

In complete contrast to the Anglican chapel just over the road, this huge edifice shows the wealth that Ieper once generated and displayed through its buildings. Well worth popping in to see with many interesting nooks and crannies and a lovely Rose window.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

It is hard to believe that this cathedral and the town of Ieper were reduced to rubble during the first world war. It is wonderful that the decision was made to reconstruct church and town so that they look just as they would have done before their devastation. A fitting tribute to the resilience of the Belgium people, military and... More

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