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The Irish Peace Park

The Irish Peace Park is a war memorial for the Irish soldiers who were killed, injured or missing in the First World War. The monument is close to where the Second Battle of Mesen was fought in June 1917. Inside the park there is a central round tower. The 30.5 meter high tower is designed in the traditional design of an Irish round tower. These round towers were probably built in the 10th century by the Celts as a defense against the Vikings. Today, There are still about 65 of these towers in Ireland.

The stones used to line the outside of the tower are largely Irish rubble stone. These stones come from St. Mary's Hospital in Mullingar. This hospital was built between 1846 and 1849, during which time there was a major famine that left an estimated 1 million Irish people dead and another 1 million Irish immigrated abroad. The tower has a diameter of 6.3 m - 4.9 m and has a conical roof. The inner wall of the tower is built in solid concrete blocks.
The tower was inaugurated after a …

The walk of the dead in Diksmuide

The Diksmuide walk of the dead (dodengang) is the only preserved Belgian trench system from the First World War. The corresponding interpretation center was completely renewed in 2014. With the help of fifteen interactive applications, life-size photos, films and more than a hundred original objects, you will discover the story of the infamous Death Walk.
There is ample attention to life and death in the Belgian trenches and the personal stories of the dead crawl under your skin. You walk over a giant aerial photo from 1916 with which you can compare the landscape of then and now. In addition to the Belgian trench network, a German bunker has been included in the course since last year that allows both sides of the war story to be told. During the war the hell of the soldiers, a tourist attraction since 1919 that leaves no one untouched.
You can find it at this address: Dodengang visitor center, Ijzerdijk 65 Diksmuide. Opening hours: From April 1 to November 15: daily from 10 am to 6…