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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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All politicians should visit this place

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Roanne, France
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Roanne, France
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244 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

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 

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Farnborough
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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

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Göteborg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Compared to the scale of the battles, there are little signs of the humans while visiting the battlefield and forts in Verdun. What the numbers of deads start to sink in when on visits the ossuaire. The ossuaire sits on top of the hill, with 15000 crosses laying in front of it. Some of the tombs house the remains of... More 

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Centerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Several years ago in leading a group of professors to China, I insisted on visiting the "new" museum to the dead in Nanjing. Very powerful! A large section held the bones of Chinese killed by Japanese. The towering Douaumont has a similar display of French Bones at the basement level. These bones are viewed through exterior windows. One feels the... More 

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globeseeker007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a monument to the French and German dead from WWI. Outside is a cemetery with thousands of those who died in one of the most ridiculous wars in history. The war was started by the politicians and heads of state and millions of young men from around the world ended up dying in it. However, nothing was learned... More 

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Bitburg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This memorial truly shows the magnitude and cost of war. The grounds are worth a walk around and reflect on the whys of war. L'Ossuaire will pull on your heart while hoping there won't be any more wars. This is truly an impressive memorial that honors those who have fallen and for us to pay respect.

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Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

During the centennial of "the war to end all wars" many visitors to France will, and should, find themselves at this most unusual memorial. Yes, there are rows of crosses nearby similar to the American cemeteries. There are marble plaques with inscribed names of French war dead, stained glass windows, and other typical ways of honoring those who sacrificed all.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The image of thousands of white crosses and monuments for the young men of France that lost their lives primarily during the Battle of Verdun will stay with me. It was impactful and portrays the horrific affects of war. Normandy and WWII receive so much attention, but a visit to this area and the WWI monuments and forts is just... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I knew this monument displayed bones -- and wasn't sure that I needed to see that. What I didn't realize was that its very existence represents a healing of sorts, an understanding that the bones of thousands of unidentified soldiers needed a resting place, regardless of which side they had fought for; and that they were all victims of this... More 

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