The people of Poperinge point proudly to the fact that their town was once bigger than Ieper and Kortrijk, and that this is evidenced by the presence of three churches: the late Gothic church of St. Bertin, the 15th century Gothic Church of Our Lady, and the 14th century Gothic church of Saint John. Aside from the hop industry, represented by the Hop Museum (article, page 40), the area in and around Poperinge is marked by the First World War, and this year sees the beginning of a fouryear commemoration which will likely bring a massive influx of war tourists from around the world putting pressure on accommodation for visitors.
Talbot House is one of the main attractions. This majestic 18th century town house was turned in 1915 into a refuge for British soldiers fighting in the countryside around Ieper (Ypres).
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