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L'Ossuaire de Douaumont

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Address: 55100 Douaumont, France
Phone Number: +33 03.29.84.54.81
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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We first visited the Ossurary in May of 2012 (see my review). On this second trip we decided to visit again to see if we still found it as profoundly oppressive and disturbing as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Springfield, Missouri
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312 reviews 312 reviews
184 attraction reviews
540 helpful votes 540 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We first visited the Ossurary in May of 2012 (see my review). On this second trip we decided to visit again to see if we still found it as profoundly oppressive and disturbing as the first time. It was created as a tomb for the thousands of unidentified soldiers, more than 130,00 both French and German, who fought in this... More 

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Niedernhausen, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This was a nice experience. We watched a short film with English audio provided (ask for this). The film was very informative. We walked up to the bell tower and visited some of the graves. We read names of the dead inside and viewed bones of the fallen from outside peering through small windows. What I did not like was... More 

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SouthAfrica
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

What an incredibly sad place, over 15000 graves with crosses of fallen soldiers , a memorial to Christians soldiers, fallen Israelites as well as a memorial to fallen Muslims.A huge, what looks like a hilt of a sword plunged into the ground memorial(To portray peace-a place of peace)that houses the bones of a minimum of a further 130000 unknown fallen... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a large building that lists the names of the dead and the missing. Photography is not allowed on the inside, not sure why. It is hard to get a photo anyway given the red lighting used on the inside. This is a memorial to the Battle of Verdun and contains the remains of 130,000 unidentified French and German... More 

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Holon, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We got to Memorial place early in morning, nice weather and silence and many soldiers graves,we strolled through cemetery and tried imagine the battles,that were there.In Memorial building we may see the movie about battles in Verdun,and there were many showpieces of the wartime :first gas masks,huge shells,personal things of military men.

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Treignac, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is a huge memorial which is visible from way off. We only visited the main hall and outside. The rows and rows of gravestones are just a chilling reminder of all the young men from all the countries that fought for our freedom. Its just a shame that the couple of coach loads of french schoolchildren couldn`t or didn`t... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This is a huge memorial built in the shape of a sword which has been buried to its hilt, thus the long narrow building with the tower located in the center. On the inside are memorial markers to the various military units that fought at Verdun. Underneath are the bones of thousands of unknown dead. The memorial sits on a... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A trip to the Douomont Ossuary is not goin to bring a smile to anyone's face but it is an impressive reminder of what humans did to each other 100-years ago. The setting is ideal - a clear area in a wooded region, the tall tower of the pale stone building, and the field of white crosses laid out in... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Take the time to see all of this. Start inside with the hall of remembrance. Pay the small fee and go up into the lower floors of the tower to see a small but excellent example of the weaponry equipment and keepsakes of the soldiers. Then, see the movie in the theater adjacent to the gift shop. It's one of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Visiting the memorial is a very sobering experience. What a waste of mankind and this memorial is about peace. This should never happen again.

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