At the origin (12th century) it was in Romance style. It was rebuild in Gotic style during the 14 th century.
It was destroid during WW I and stricktly rebuild in 1924-26 under the leading of architect Cooman.
Only the west gate is out 14th. The furniture are (for the major part of it) made in Maredsous abey.
The peints and scultures are 17-18 th cent.
It is classifies since 1940.
Romane à sa construction (12 éme siècle) elle fut reconstruite de façon Gothique durant le 14 éme siècle.
L'édifice subit une destruction quasy complète durant la première guerre mondiale, elle fut reconstruite à l'identique entre 1924 et 1926 sous la direction de l'architecte Cooman . Seule la porte ouest est d'origine (14 éme) Le mobilier (pour la plupart ) viens de l'abbaye de Maredsous. Les peintures et scultures sont du 17 et 18 éme siécle.
L'édifice est classés depuis 1940.
If you visit St. Martin's Cathedral, make sure you find the side Altar of "Our Lady of Thuyne" where the beautiful altar screen is located.
The screen depict's the English siege of Ipres in 1383 and then the other side, depict's the procession carrying the figure of Our Lady around the walls of Ipre's. The procession gave thanks for Our Lady’s answering the prayers of the people of Ipres, for the raising of the English siege of 1383.
This lovely Cathedral is nice outside and inside.
During WW1, it was destroyed, but was rebuilt using many of the original material from the first Cathedral. Spread all over the Cathedral are decorations from different times which survived the destruction. Inside, at the back of the Altar, were photo's of the Cathedral in ruin's and being rebuilt. I saw the grave of bishop Cornelius Jansen, better known as 'Jansenius', who was condemned as a heretic when he published his new philosophical ideas in his book "Augustinus" in 1638.
On a wall under the organ in the north transept, was a memorial to all the British and British Empire soldiers who died in World War I. This is one of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s "cathedral tablets" placed in cathedrals in cathedral towns in France and Belgium where British troops were stationed in World War I.
This church is less visited by the tourist - i had a look inside and was impressed.
A Romanesque church built in the 12 century on the site of an earlier chapel.
Rebuilt as a gothic hall church in the 14/15th centuries
Badly damaged during the 16th century iconoclastic fury
Confiscated by France in 1798 and reconsecration in 1802
Restored after the great war by architect J.Coomans
In the early times here was a simple chaple, but already in the 12th century it was replaced by a bigger Romanic church. This one - in it's turn - was renewed into a larger church in the 15 century and the churchtower follwed in 1634. The church was heavily damaged by the "Geuzen" (liberation fighters for a free Lowlands in the 80 years war against Habsburgian Spain). In 1798 the French did the same thing, but in 1802 the church saw restorations and a new light. The Great War however destroyed the church again, now even worse then before, but ... here in front of you it rises proudly it's tower into the air.
The Saint Peter's church (Sint Pieter) is the oldest of the churches of Ieper. Around this church the first tradecentre and town strated to grow around the 10th and 11 th centuries. Imagine that then the surroundings of the Marketsquare and the Lakenhalle were mainly agricultural terraine.
Sint Godelieve is a typical Belgian saint. The name is totally Flamish. Here she has a chapel next to the Saint Jans Godshuis. Actually the building used to be the laundranette of the Saint John's house of God. Saint Godelieve should have stayed here a night when she was on the run for her husband from Gistel to Boulogne.
Towering high over the fishmarket there is a Roman styled church of which I seem to not find the name. The church looks - as for it's architecture - a lot older then the cathedral and even the Saint Peter and Jacob. So maybe one of my VT-friends knows and tells me. The building is very charming and fits into the fishmarket area very nicely.