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Remembering The Great War in Ghent and Ypres.

The First World War was a turning point in world history. It claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and had an impact on the lives of everyone. Across the world, na􀆟ons, communi􀆟es and individuals of all ages will come together to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the Great War.

Ypres is the silent witness of World War I. It was the centre of intense and sustained battles between the German and the Allied forces. Today one can visit the various Ypres battlefields and discover how the profound impressions of the Great War remain today. Experience the importance and severeness of Ypres during the Great War in the interactive In Flanders Fields Museum where the stories of ‘ordinary people' make war tangible and personal: men, women and children, civilians and soldiers, authors and artists... They confront us with their war, our past.

Ghent, only 80 km away is Europe’s best kept secret, home to the Flemish Primitives’ master piece painted by the brothers Van Eyck: The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, ‘The Most Authentic City in the world’ according to National Geographic Magazine and ‘Must See Destination’ according to Lonely Planet. Once a medieval metropole Ghent is now a bustling young city with a great vibe.



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