Ijser Tower

  • Diksmuide, Arrondissement Diksmuide, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
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The Ijser Tower (Ijsertoren) was built just after World War One as a symbol of No More War. It sports the initials AVV and VVK, which translates to All for Flanders and All For Christ. The Tower has received several names over the years, however the people of Flanders refer to it as the Ijser Tower. During the hours of darkness between 15 and 16 March, 1946, the tower was blown up using dynamite by Flemish Nationalists. The Tower was rebuilt to its original height of 84 meters within the next three years in the same location. The interior of the tower is an elaborate multi-level museum dedicated to the fighting in the area between 1914 and 1918 as well as Flemish culture. The Museum is recognized by the United Nations as one of a series of Peace Museums. The Tower continues to stand as a symbol of Flemish Nationalism. On the top of the tower is a viewing area from which the entire Ypres Salient and Yser Front (including the Trenches of Death) can be viewed.

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  • Added: 22 Jul 2001
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #639567