In 1936, two large stone guardian lions were donated to the Australian War Memorial by the mayor of Ypres. The lions, carved from limestone, were given to the Australian goverment as a gesture of friendship. The lions had originally stood on plinths on either side of the Menin Gate at Ypres. This gate was one of only two entries into the medieval fortified city. It was through this gate that Allied soldiers marched to the battefields of the Ypres salient between 1914 and 1918. For many years, the lions have been on display at the entrance to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. From April to November 2017, the lions will return temporarily to Ypres, where they will be on display on the bridge by the Menin Gate. A small exhibition at the In Flanders Fields Museum will explain the history of the lions.
Return of the Menin Gate lions (Menin Gate)


8900 Ypres


From Monday, April 24, 2017
To Friday, November 10, 2017


+32 (0)57 23 92 20

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