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L'Ossuaire de Douaumont

55100 Douaumont, France
+33 03.29.84.54.81
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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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Philadelphia, PA
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86 reviews 86 reviews
38 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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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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31 helpful votes 31 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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24 helpful votes 24 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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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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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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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
7 helpful votes 7 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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