The Menin Gate (i)

The Menin Gate is the impressive memorial to the missing soldiers of the British Empire who died in the Ypres Salient during the Great War up to 15th August 1917 but have no known grave.

The Gate from the east:-

Menin Gate, Ypres from the east

From the west. Yes, it is a functioning roadway:-

Menin Gate, Ypres, from the west

The names of the missing are inscribed on the walls. At the Memorial’s dedication one of the speakers, in an attempt to lessen the grief of the bereaved with no grave to visit said, “He is not missing. He is here.”:-

Menin Gate Interior Wall

A gentle slope leads up from the road level to a garden area. The Gate’s walls here are also covered in names of the missing. Menin Gate from south:-

Menin Gate from south

The Memorial’s dedication:-

Menin Gate Dedication

Menin Gate interior:-

Menin Gate Interior

Menin Gate Ceiling. The windows seem to allow all the names on the interior of the memorial to be illuminated sequentially as the sun travels across the sky:-

Menin Gate Ceiling

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