Nieuwpoort, on the Belgian coast at the mouth of the Ijzer River
, had the ill-fortune to play host to the frontline between German and Allied forces during World War I for years, and the ensuing chaos left little untouched. The initial German advance was halted at Nieuwport by opening the sluice gates on the Ijzer, causing a massive flood which was to remain in place until the armistice.
The most noteworthy attractions in rebuilt Nieuwpoort today are its fish shops. It has an enormous marina -- the largest in Western Europe. The modern population numbers approximately 10,000.
Ramskapelle and Sint-Joris are boroughs within the municipal district of Nieuwpoort.