Menin Gate, Ypres

Menin Gate, Ypres

The Menin Gate at Ypres forms the eastern entrance to the old town and is situated about 1/4 mile from the centre. It was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and replaces the old gate which was destroyed, along with most of the town, during the war. The panels on the sides carry the names of 54,900 British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the salient but who have no known graves. The remaining 34,888 names that would not fit on the Menin Gate are inscribed about 6 miles away at Tyne Cot, the world's largest Commonwealth War Cemetery.

At the top of the arch sits a lion below which are the words:

TO THE ARMIES
OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
WHO STOOD HERE
FROM 1914 TO 1918
AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD
WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE

Every evening at 8.00pm the Last Post is played here.