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Saint Martin's Cathedral

Address: Vandenpeerboomplein, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Ranked #15 of 33 Attractions in Ieper (Ypres)
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
67 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

During the WWI the town of Ypres suffered dreadful damage from bombing, The cathedral was totally destroyed as well as most of the town. The people of Ypres decided to rebuild their houses in their former style & the cathedral was finished in 1930. The bell-tower was completed in 1934. The cathedral has some lovely stained glass. Be sure to... More 

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Brixham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Although visiting again this year I was lucky enough to be present at a commemorative concert in November 2013, which will stay in my memory for ever. This beautiful building is well worth visiting when in the town. It is hard to appreciate that it was rebuilt after the devastation of WW1.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

If you are in the vicinity this is a must. Immaculate and awe-inspiring internally and externally. Marvellous - not to be missed.

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Kitchener
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155 reviews 155 reviews
91 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

St. Martin’s is a church and once was a cathedral. It was the seat of the former diocese of Ypres from late 1500s to the early 1800s. The building started in 1230 and finished in 1370 but it was heavily damaged in World War I. The reconstruction of the church started in 1922 and took eight years. It’s a pleasant... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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125 reviews 125 reviews
68 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

A must-see when you visit Ypres. Fantastic photo opportunities. Even on a rainy day! Ample parking right around it and a walkway through to the market square. Lots of dining and souvenir places in the Square. Easy to locate.

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St. George, Utah
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96 reviews 96 reviews
48 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

A Quiet place, and almost always quite empty..A busy little town but here you can linger...some nice glass...a lovely rose window..and all less than 100 years old post war reconstruction...look out for the Munster High Cross outside.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

A completely restored post WW1 cathedral that now boasts stunning stained glass windows & a mixture of paintings & sculptures that take some time to understand and appreciate. Atmosphere here was quiet & respectful but we were stunned as shafts of dramatic light struck through the windows. This is a place that demands time and effort to understand both historically... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Significant because it is such a huge medieval building to have been recreated after being decimated in WW1. Free entry and next door to the excellent must-see "In Flanders Fields" Museum which is in the equally rebuilt Cloth Hall in Ypres centre

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Didn't get to go in, but this is a totally stunning structure! Another example of how Ypres restored itself after such devastation.

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Preston, England, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

An imposing restoration as Ieper was literally flattened in WW1. although there were conflicts of opinion at the time it was probably a good decision to restore the town to its medieval state. A problem is that it does not sell itself and some literature of its history and what to look out for would be a help and there... More 

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