Photographer's Note

The Cloth Hall (Dutch: Lakenhal) in Ypres (Dutch: Ieper) was one of the largest commercial buildings of the Middle Ages, when it served as the main market and warehouse for the Flemish city's prosperous cloth industry.

The original structure, erected mainly in the 13th century and completed 1304, lay in ruins after artillery fire devastated Ypres in World War I. Between 1933 and 1967, the hall was meticulously reconstructed to its prewar condition.

The Lakenhalle now houses the In Flanders Fields Museum.


In the centinary of the outbreak of the Great War, the 'Westhoek' area of Flanders is sure to draw large crowds of "commemoration tourists".

Attitude towards them is a bit ambiguous. Yes, it's important to commemorate, but the commercial aspect of it all has raised quite a few eyebrows. Particularly the reinactment thing (i.e. grown-ups playing soldier) is very much under fire.

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