10 Facts About Ypres


Ypres is a Belgian city and municipality in the province of West Flanders.

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Ypres is an ancient town, known to have been raided by the Romans in the first century BC.

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Textiles from Ypres could be found in the markets of Novgorod in Kievan Rus' in the early 12th century.

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Ypres was further fortified in the 17th and 18th centuries while under the occupation of the Habsburgs and the French.

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Ypres occupied a strategic position during the First World War because it stood in the path of Germany's planned sweep across the rest of Belgium and into France from the north.

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Ypres was one of the sites that hosted an unofficial Christmas Truce in 1914 between German and British soldiers.

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The Ypres League sought to transform the horrors of trench warfare into a spiritual quest in which British and imperial troops were purified by their sacrifice.

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Ypres became a pilgrimage destination for Britons to imagine and share the sufferings of their men and gain a spiritual benefit.

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Ypres is a small city in the very western part of Belgium, the so-called Westhoek.

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The countryside around Ypres is featured in the famous poem by John McCrae, In Flanders Fields.

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