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Cloth Hall, Ypres, Belgium, during World War I

The main entrance and tower of the medieval Cloth Hall at Ypres stands as a shell. Only a few remnants of the huge arcaded hall built in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries remain. The town in the background and the Cathedral, a little of which can be seen to the right, both lie in ruins.

 

The original caption suggests that this was taken during a visit by Canadian pressmen. The devastation of Ypres Cathedral and Cloth Hall seems to have been used as an icon of the destruction caused by the German forces.

 

[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Canadian Pressmen visit France. The Cloth Hall at Ypres as it now stands.']

 

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Taken circa 1918