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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We first visited the Ossurary in May of 2012 (see my review). On this second trip we decided to visit again to see if we still found it as profoundly oppressive and disturbing as the first time. It was created as a tomb for the thousands of unidentified soldiers, more than 130,00 both French and German, who fought in this... More 

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Niedernhausen, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This was a nice experience. We watched a short film with English audio provided (ask for this). The film was very informative. We walked up to the bell tower and visited some of the graves. We read names of the dead inside and viewed bones of the fallen from outside peering through small windows. What I did not like was... More 

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SouthAfrica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

What an incredibly sad place, over 15000 graves with crosses of fallen soldiers , a memorial to Christians soldiers, fallen Israelites as well as a memorial to fallen Muslims.A huge, what looks like a hilt of a sword plunged into the ground memorial(To portray peace-a place of peace)that houses the bones of a minimum of a further 130000 unknown fallen... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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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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Address: 55100 Douaumont, France
Phone Number: +33 03.29.84.54.81
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Lorraine  >  Meuse  >  Douaumont

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