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Tyne Cot Cemetery and Visitors' centre

tyne cot cemetery

Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world. Thousands of visitors come to this place of remembrance each year. It is the most important witness of the bloody Battle of Passchendaele. ‘Tyne Cot’ was originally a fortified position of the German Flandern I line. The Australian troops set up a first aid post here in October 1917 and within a very brief time, a small cemetery emerged. In the period from 1919-1921, the specialised ‘Exhumation Companies’ collected almost 12,000 bodies from the surrounding fields. Inscribed on the wall at the back of the cemetery are the names of 35,000 of the war dead with no known grave. These were British, Irish and New Zealanders. This monument thereby continues where the Menin Gate in Ypres stops. The cemetery and the monument were designed by Sir Herbert Baker and inaugurated in 1927. The eye catcher is the visitors’ centre with a unique panoramic window with a view over the former battlefields. Here you can also learn about the history and the meaning of the cemetery, about the landscape before and after the Battle of Passchendaele and the personal details of the fallen soldiers, anno 1917. Not to be missed on your Battlefield Tour!

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Practical

Contact: Tynecotstraat • B-8980 Passendale (Parking Vijfwegestraat) - T 0032 (0)51 77 04 41 - toerisme@zonnebeke.be - website
Open: Cemetery: daily from sunrise to sunset - Visitors' centre: from 1 february to 30 november open daily from 10.00 to18.00.
Entree: free
Duration: 60 minuts
Price guide: €60 (max. 50 pers./guide) book your guide at the tourist office.

 

Announcement Vijfwegestraat , 8980 Zonnebeke