Albert I monument
The King Albert monument was constructed on initiative and with the support of the war veterans of the First World War. The banks of the IJzer were chosen for it, because of the important role this river played during the war.
The memorial dates from 1938 and was designed by Julien de Ridder. Karel Aubroeck is the sculptor.
The monument is circular and has a diameter of 30m. Twenty columns made of brick from the IJzer valley carry a ring girder with a periphery of 100m, above a cross-shaped terrace. On this ring girder there is a corridor with informative plates offering a wonderful view on the IJzer plain.
The monument has been restored thoroughly in 1973 - 1974. On the first Sunday in August the National Homage to H.R.H. King Albert I and the heroes of the IJzer takes place.
The world was at war.
The plain around the river Yser was inundated.
A meaningless trench warfare started.
Westfront Nieuwpoort tells the story of the flooding of the polder landscape, stopping the German invasion at the outskirts of the city. It is a story about the power of the sea and the smart directing of the locks.
The perfect place to tell this story of the strategic inundation is the monument of King Albert I on the edge of the lock complex “The Ganzepoot”.
Underneath the monument we build a modern and interactive visitors’ centre. A highlight of the visit is definitely the digitized projection of the animated Yser-Panorama, a painting of 115 m long by 15 m high.
And do not forget to visit the rampart on top of the 25m. high monument itself, to enjoy the panoramic view over the landscape and the coast.