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L'Ossuaire de Douaumont

55100 Douaumont, France
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Douaumont
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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106 reviews 106 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Having visited several monuments to WWI over the last few weeks this has moved me more than any. The tragic loss at Verdun, on both sides is so well illustrated by the accompanying film at the memorial, but seeing the piles of bones and unmarked graves just highlights the futility of it all. An unmissable experience.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I stopped here on a whim driving back to Germany from France. I'm so glad I stopped. The momument is very well done. There is a film you can watch about Verdun and the battles that took place there during in WWI. I also learned about the communitites that once stood around Verdun and no longer exist due to these... More

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Nieuwendijk, The Netherlands
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127 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

After having seen many pictures of it, I finally visited the ossuary of Douaumont itself, and that is a very special experience. It is hard to understand that 130,000 French and German casualties of the Battle of Verdun are buried here in great tombs. In front of the ossuary is also a cemetery with 15,000 French graves.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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88 reviews 88 reviews
76 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

For 300 days in 1917, the Battle of Verdun was fought in a small 10 square mile area centered on the River Muese. The Ossuary is a stark reminder of the lives and communities lost in the "War to end all Wars". The remains of over 150,000 soldiers are interred in the Ossuary and the cemetary on these hallowed grounds.... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

After calculating the thousands buried in the cemetery outside, climb the tower of this tomb to contemplate the appalling loss of life that was the first World War. It's a sobering visit at the best of times, but worth the trip.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

This monument is visible form a distance and very distinctive in shape. The short film (6euros) was helpful to us understanding the area of Verdun and its significance. The Ossuary is impressive in its size and thought provoking. This is a well worthwhile visit if you are doing a World War one trip to France. The drive to get there... More

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Syracuse , NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

My wife and I thought that a visit to this memorial to peace and lost lives from a century ago was very important. There are 13000 young men in graves in front of the ossuary and it is home to the bones of 130,000 soldiers from both armies that were so destroyed by the madness of the long battle that... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Certainly worth visiting if you're in Verdun. The scale of the monument and the cemetery are staggering and leaves its impression as you look out across the battlefields beyond. The drive too is very interesting as, if you look carefully, you can still see hidden in the forests all the trenches of the battlefield.

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Los Angeles, Ca
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Approximately 230,000 soldiers died in the 300 days of the Battle of Verdun. The bones of at least 130,000 were collected and placed in this ossuary which overlooks the graves of more than 16,000 French and colonial soldiers. It's a somber place, to say the least. Views from the top of the tower include most of the Verdun battlefields which... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

This is a place that should be a part of every school trip in Europe. The confrontation with the atrocities of WWI makes the visitor very humble. The tangible image of so incredibly many young men who died under inhumane circumstances to fight for a free Europe leaves a lasting impression on the visitor and makes you grasp the sheer... More

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