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Moortelweg 4 Ypres 8904 Belgium
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- Moortelweg 4
- Telephone: +32(57)401479
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Room features Back2Front
- Bathroom with shower
- Windows that open
- Central heating
- Small lounge
- DVD player/ Video recorder
Hotel features Back2Front
- TV lounge
- Garden or park
- Quiet rooms available
- Deck chairs/ Sun loungers
- Balcony/ Terrace
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It was built between 1313 and 1380 and is 91 metres high. It has served as a bell tower to announce the time and various warnings, but also as a fortified watchtower. The upper part has been rebuilt many times, especially to accommodate the growing number of bells.
The Belfry consists of 6 floors hosting art objects, historical documents such as the original plans of the building, and a clock by J.B.Richet (1670) wihich controls a 52-bell carillon. On each bell is a girl and a lion image, the symbol of Ghent.
During the tour one can visit the tower, the carillon and the Bellmuseum.
The Belfry has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Visiting hours: from 15th March until 15th November 10:00-18:00. From 01st May until 01st October guided tours at 14:10, 15:10 and 16:10. Not accessible to people on wheelchairs.
Entrance fee: 3 â‚¬; children until 12 years free.
La Coupole was one of several sites in northern France built for the assembly and launching of V2 rockets in 1944/1945. Protection from bombing was a necessity, and most of the facility was protected by a huge concrete dome (hence "coupole"). Inevitably it was destroyed and the site was abandoned before any V2s could be launched.
Today the dome and entrance tunnels are still visible, damaged and leaning, as they were left after the air raids. The interior has been converted into a museum which not only records the development and deployment of the V2s, but also life in occupied France. It also looks ahead to space technology and the moon landings which were a direct result of the V2 rocket technology.
If you live near enough to the Channel to make a day-trip practical, then this is an ideal destination. It's only 45 minutes from Calais. Take the A26 (Paris, Reims) out of Calais and come off at the third exit. From there you wind your way along small roads and through several villages but every junction is sign-posted.
It is open 9am - 6pm except July and August when it is 10am to 7pm. Closed over Christmas and New Year. It is popular with school parties, and the museum is not huge, so best times to go are weekends or school holidays. Entrance prices for 2006 are adults €9, children (5-16) €6, family €19.50.
Allow at least 2 hours for the visit. There is some basic catering at the site, and a nice picnic area if you want to take your own. Alternatively there is a reasonable choice of restaurants nearby. The nearest town is St Omer.
It should be of interest to all ages except very young children. All parts of the site are accessible to the disabled.