In the 13C, Ypres was one of the most powerful towns in Flanders, together with Bruges and Ghent. It was partly destroyed in 1914-1918, then rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style. During the Cat Festival (Kattenfeest), stuffed toy animal are thrown from the second storey of the belfry. This practice is said to date from the 10C, a time when cats, accomplices of the devil and witches, were thrown alive from the top of the tower. The ritual is preceded, every three years, by the Cat Procession (Kattenstoet).