Reblog: Reconstruction of Ypres

Denzil Walton lives in Belgium and documents many of the wonders of this lovely country.  World War I plays a major part in many of his posts since so much of the fighting was done in Belgium.

Ypres 1914-1915

During the First World War the old medieval town of Ypres was the centre of one of the most notorious battlefields the world has ever experienced: the Ypres Salient. In the four years of the war, the entire town centre was virtually totally destroyed. By the time the war ended, a person on horseback could look right across the town. Not surprisingly, it was deserted: the whole population had fled or had been forcibly evacuated.

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Rebuilt Gothic Cloth Hall of Ypres

12 thoughts on “Reblog: Reconstruction of Ypres”

  1. Fascinating. Apparently Ypres escaped WW II relatively intact. I wish I’d known about the town back in the 1980s when I was in Belgium on a European vacation — I would have gone out of my way to visit Ypres.

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