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 Post subject: The lions of Ypres
PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 3:17 pm 
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Last weekend i went to Ypres and i was surprised to see these lions at the menin gate. In 1822 they were placed at the entrance of the cloth hall in Ypres and in the mid 19th century these lions were moved to the place where the menin gate is located now. All the soldiers who left Ypres on their way to the frontlines passed these lions.
The lions were damaged during ww1, but they survived. In 1936 the Belgian gouvernement gave the lions to Australia. There they got restored and normally they guard the Australian war Memorial in Canberra with the grave of the unknown soldier.

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The lions are lended to Ypres by the Australian gouvernement and in november they will go back to Canberra.

Sorry about the bad pictures, but next time i'll go to Ypres i'll do my best to take better and more pictures.

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 Post subject: Re: The lions of Ypres
PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 1:07 pm 
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A very interesting story I didn't know.

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 Post subject: Re: The lions of Ypres
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 12:51 pm 
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The next photo shows the lions garding one of the city gates of Ypres, it's the gate where most soldiers left the city of Ypres when they went to the front. Later they build the meninggate on that spot.

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One of the lions after the war, the other was damaged badly and the Australians did a good job restoring it.

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War memorial in Canberra, where the lions guard the restingplace of the unknown soldier

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 Post subject: Re: The lions of Ypres
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 3:49 pm 
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A picture I found about the lions at the Menin-gate, pre-war.

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Summer 1914.
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