Return of the Menin Gate Lions

Commemorative Ceremony
Ieper

In 1936, two large stone guardian lions were donated to the Australian War Memorial by the burgomaster of Ypres. The lions, carved from limestone, were given to the Australian government as a gesture of friendship. The lions had originally stood on plinths on either side of the Menin Gate at Ypres. This gate was one of only two entries into the medieval fortified city. It was through this gate that allied soldiers marched to the battlefields of the Ypres salient between 1914 and 1918. For many years the lions have been on display at the entrance of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
From April till November 2017 the lions will temporarily return to Ypres, where they will be on display on the bridge by the Menin Gate in Ypres. A small exhibition at the In Flanders Fields Museum will explain the history of the lions.

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Address: 
Menenpoort Ieper
8900 Ieper
Phone/Fax:
+32 57 23 92 20

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When:
  • 24/04/2017 at 00:00 untill 11/11/2017 at 00:00
    Add to Calendar 24/04/2017 00:00 11/11/2017 00:00 Europe/Brussels Return of the Menin Gate Lions

    In 1936, two large stone guardian lions were donated to the Australian War Memorial by the burgomaster of Ypres. The lions, carved from limestone, were given to the Australian government as a gesture of friendship. The lions had originally stood on plinths on either side of the Menin Gate at Ypres. This gate was one of only two entries into the medieval fortified city. It was through this gate that allied soldiers marched to the battlefields of the Ypres salient between 1914 and 1918.

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Price:
Free

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