Ypres is a Belgian municipality located in the Flemish province of West Flanders. Though Ieper is the Dutch and only official name, the city's French name, Ypres, is most commonly used in English due to its role in World War I when only French was in official use in Belgian documents, including on maps. The municipality comprises the city of Ypres and the villages of Boezinge, Brielen, Dikkebus, Elverdinge, Hollebeke, Sint-Jan, Vlamertinge, Voormezele, Zillebeke, and Zuidschote. Together, they are home to some 34,900 inhabitants.
During World War I, Ypres was the centre of intense and sustained battles between German and Allied forces. During the war, because the British troops had trouble pronouncing its name, they nicknamed the city "Wipers". Historical town in West-Flanders, Belgium (Europe). Called "Ieper"" in dutch. Was completely destroyed under World war I and rebuilt almost in the same old style. The "Lakenhalle" is one of the biggest civil buildings of this period in Western Europe. Only a few houses were saved from the bombs. The Biebuycks house (builded in 1544) is one of them.--Biebuyck 17:17, 15 July 2008 (EDT)