Place:Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

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NameIeper
Alt namesYpres
Iepersource: Wikipedia
Iepernsource: Concise Description of Flanders [web site] (2002) accessed 22 Jan 2003
Ypraesource: Concise Description of Flanders [web site] (2002) accessed 22 Jan 2003
TypeMunicipality
Coordinates50.85°N 2.883°E
Located inWest-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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Ieper
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Ypres ( or ; ;) 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 it was hard to pronounce in English, British troops nicknamed the city "Wipers". Historical town in West-Flanders, Belgium (Europe). Called "Ieper"[1]" in dutch. Was completely distroyed under World war I and rebuilded 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)

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