Ypres is a beautiful little town in Belgium, with flowing canals, medieval cathedrals and city walls protecting the winding streets of an old city that dates back many centuries.
Except it doesn’t. The area around Ypres was ground zero on the Western Front during World War One, and was completely flattened by the bombs and mortars of both sides. After the war was over the town was entirely rebuilt from scratch, so everything you see as you wander around is less than one hundred years old. Not that you would ever know – the restoration work was really quite remarkable.