Cloth Hall, Ypres World Heritage Site

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Ypres Cloth Hall
Lakenhal or Lakenhalle
Ieper Lakenhal R02.jpg
Modern-day view of the reconstructed Cloth Hall
Ypres Cloth Hall is located in Belgium
Ypres Cloth Hall
Location of Ypres Cloth Hall
General information
Architectural styleGothic
LocationWest Flanders,
Coordinates50°51′04″N 2°53′09″E / 50.8512°N 2.8858°E / 50.8512; 2.8858
Construction started13th c
Estimated completion1304
Height70 m (230 ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectJ. Coomans and P. A. Pauwels
Other information
ParkingOn site
Ypres: The Cloth Hall

The Cloth Hall (Dutch: Lakenhal/Lakenhalle) is a large cloth hall, a medieval commercial building, in Ypres, Belgium. It was one of the largest commercial buildings of the Middle Ages, when it served as the main market and warehouse for the Flemish city's prosperous cloth industry. The original structure, erected mainly in the 13th century and completed 1304, lay in ruins after artillery fire devastated Ypres in World War I. Between 1933 and 1967, the hall was meticulously reconstructed to its prewar condition, under the guidance of architects J. Coomans and P. A. Pauwels. At 125 metres (410 ft) in breadth, with a 70 metres (230 ft)-high belfry tower, the Cloth Hall recalls the importance and wealth of the medieval trade city. The building now houses the In Flanders Fields Museum.

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