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L'Ossuaire de Douaumont

Address: 55100 Douaumont, France
Phone Number: +33 03.29.84.54.81
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Douaumont
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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253 reviews 253 reviews
186 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
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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79 reviews 79 reviews
28 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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40 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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79 reviews 79 reviews
41 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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93 reviews 93 reviews
39 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
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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Venlo, The Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

After visiting one of the forts and the disappeared villages, this is certainly the highpoint of any visit to the Verdun area. The extremely well kept graves and the recently cleaned ossuary make even the most outgoing person fall silent with awe and reverence. The building is freely accessible, as are the windows at the back that let one glimpse... More 

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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
53 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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