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I have been walking the wall, when I saw this house with the typical Flemish stepped gable. Yes, Ypres still has their old city wall and canal, built to protect the city. Today it still encircles about two thirds of the old centre and is a favourite for joggers.



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It is a great architecture!
Louis: I agree with that, Elizabeth
Jolie vue sur cette belle maison.
Louis: Merci, Martine
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Jan 2019, 06:38
I bet the house was built after WW1 Louis. I remember Ypres being levelled as a result from years of conflict..
Louis: I will not take up the bet, as the chance for it to be newly built after WW1, is close to 100%. From here to the Menin Gate was closest to the front (very close) and was all but flattened.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Jan 2019, 06:42
a wonderful composition and so typically Flemish!
Louis: Thank you Philine.
Unmistakably a stepped gable, Louis. I remember when I first moved to Amsterdam with Donica (for those two years, 2 weeks/month) wanting to know all about the different styles. I believe there are 5, as I recall.
Louis: Those will be Dutch gables probably. Other (non-Dutch) styles count into the hundreds. The Dutch ones, remain the most beautiful ones to me.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Jan 2019, 07:11
I love the architecture, Louis. The arches above the windows are also so beautiful. Great framing. We have lots of different kind of stepped gables here in Gorinchem too, I never get tired of them. T
Louis: I was surprised to see that the round arches above the windows go so well with the stepped look of the gable.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 11 Jan 2019, 07:31
I didn't realise anything survived, Louis
Louis: By the pictures and painting I saw, whatever remained standing would have had to be pulled down. So, this house will be newly built after the war, which ended 100 years ago.
I love this style of architecture
Louis: Beautiful and low maintenance on the exterior.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 11 Jan 2019, 08:10
That light on a stick looks weird, where is it pointing?
Louis: There is a statue on the pitch of the gable.
It is very much the architecture from that part of Europe, I note you reckon it is prbably a rebuild.
Louis: My reckoning is based on the fact that this house is in the part of Ypres that was pretty much flat.
It is amazing that you can tell the style here.
Louis: One sees a lot of this in the general Flanders area.
Yes, there are one or two ancient European cities with their walls - the one I know best is Lucca in Italy.
Louis: The Ypres wall is something similar to that of Lucca.
i think this city wall would be a well visited place, Louis, and with many other worthy sights.
Louis: The wall is big (broad) and park-like on top. At one place there is even a mini brewery and sales point in a cave-like position under the wall. Next to the eastern gate there is a war cemetery in top. Favourite to joggers and strollers. So, you are thinking in the right direction, Ayush.

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