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L'Ossuaire de Douaumont

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Address: 55100 Douaumont, France
Phone Number: +33
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Full day guided tour of Verdun and the American Battlefield

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Unsure what to expect here but the sight of the remains of 130,000 unknown soldiers visible through the side will not fail to move even the most hardened people. Inside with so... read more

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171 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Unsure what to expect here but the sight of the remains of 130,000 unknown soldiers visible through the side will not fail to move even the most hardened people. Inside with so many names on the walls and ceilings then outside the vast cemetery it just amplifies the stupidity of war. After visiting the battle fields around Ypres earlier this... More 

Thank keithm888
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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205 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived around 4:00pm and it was snowing so no good for external photos. We bought overpriced tickets for the last 15 minutes of a 20 minute film accompanied by in-ear headphones that didn't work well and mine couldn't even tune into the English translation. When we came out the door into the ossary was now closed and we were... More 

Thank MrMadmagpie
Ottawa, Canada
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Walked through the grounds and building. The film shown inside is also very well done.

Thank Sally F
London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The building itself is imposing and impressive in its own way, but we both remarked that it felt cold and harsh. We understand that this is the reality of war but the place would bring little comfort to those who lost loved ones and family in the war. The cemetery at the front is impressive and stretches out far, with... More 

Thank hac07
Huron, Ohio, United States
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78 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This monument like nothing else has brought home the massive destructive scale of WW1. The concept itself is chilling: there were so many unidentified remains after this one battle that 130,000 skeletons were gathered together to be stored in ossuary chambers in the foundation of the monument. Each chamber has a window facing the outside, so a walk around the... More 

Thank Dave M
Mons, Belgium
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266 reviews
168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Built after WWI to commemorate the slaughter of the Verdun battlefields (and, let's face it, to find a final resting place for the hundred of thousands fallen in 1916 in one convenient setting), the ossuary is a symbol of human rampage. It's difficult to imagine the carnage that occurred in the neighbouring peaceful countryside. I personally found very disturbing to... More 

Thank Eric W
Malmo, Sweden
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Unforgettable place that in combination with visits to the surrounding sites provide more than a glimpse of the horrors that took place only a century ago.

Thank Mats L
Briare, France
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271 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Perfectly set out, perfectly presented, perfectly horrific - the sheer scale of the cemetry and Ossuary is almost impossible to grasp. This place can only make one reflect at the brutality and stupidity of it all. A place of great reflection and sadness.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Impressive monument of those who died during the first World War (both French and German). The military cemetary contains over 15.000 graves. Inside the building, you will find more tombs. If you want to pay a visit to the tower, you will need to pay a fee. We decided not to do so as it did not feel right to... More 

Thank Elke T
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40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Absolutely humbling and overwhelming. Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" begins with the words "My subject is War, and the pity of War". I can say no more

Thank Jack R

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