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Saint Martin's Cathedral

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

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A true monument to the people of Ypres: triumph over adversity

A remarkable building considering it was so ravaged by the war. It lacks some of the warmth of being worshipped in, but even so, it stands as a great symbol of the city surviving... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 14, 2016
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Cromer, United Kingdom

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Cromer, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

A remarkable building considering it was so ravaged by the war. It lacks some of the warmth of being worshipped in, but even so, it stands as a great symbol of the city surviving the war and honouring those who lives were destroyed. Well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

The outside of the building is stunning in daylight and when lit in the evening. The inside is equally picturesque and when you remember that the whole building was completely destroyed during WW1 and rebuilt after the war it takes on another dimension. They were preparing for the Remembrance Day concert when we visited, so some of the Cathedral was... More 

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Thank Cliff J
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Grand cathedral and free entry so do go in. Colourful details everywhere. Original too. Just behind the Lakenhal

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Thank Jurgen B
Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Huge cathedral, rebuilt after World War 1. Beautiful stained glass windows. Plenty to look at as you walk round. Very close to Menin Gate and In Flanders Field Museum. Worth a visit.

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Goole, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

We visited Ypres for the day. It is an absolutely beautiful place, stunning buildings, fantastic eateries etc ,etc.The Cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. Lots of history inside and lovely artifacts.

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Thank DawnCalvert
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Just like the other big catherdrals in France ie Reims this is more than just a sight its a memorial to those that died in WW1 but not only that this catherdral was completely destroyed and was re built fantastic

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Thank Fzrexup1
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

When you visit this Cathedral you don't realise that it was burnt to the ground in The Great War and rebuilt. Very nice inside with lots to see - old and new. There are a lot of old artifacts from the time before the fires plus a few new additions. A peaceful place.

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Thank NorthernTraveller53
Gosport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

You look inside and wonder where did all the old artifacts come from as this Cathedral was blasted to pieces during WW1 did the local people take the statues away? It was an extremely hot day and it was so nice to come inside for the cool and just sit for a while.

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Thank Wendy H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

This is a local church, in regular use. It has a long history, and there was plenty of information up. Unfortunately it was in Dutch, usually there is a French and English version.

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Red Deer, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

Unfortunately we arrived too late and the Cathedral was closed but just walking around the structure itself and seeing the old walls left after the fire was incredible. Sure wished we could have gone inside. if you like cathedrals this would be one of the ones to see!

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