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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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The Douaument Ossuary is a massive WW I memorial containing the jumbled bones of 130, 000 unidentified soldiers, both French and German, who died during the almost year-long... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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London, Canada
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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Douaument Ossuary is a massive WW I memorial containing the jumbled bones of 130, 000 unidentified soldiers, both French and German, who died during the almost year-long Battle of Verdun. A visit here is a sobering reminder of the terrible casualties of war.

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Falconbridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No trip to Verdun is complete without a trip to L'Ossuaire de Douaumont (or for that matter Fort Douaumont and the Bayonet Trench). The final resting place of approximately 130,000 French and German soldiers killed on the WWI battlefields around the city. Be advised that you want to arrive with plenty of time to allow yourself a chance to view... More 

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Heidelberg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really amazing preservation of a battle that occurred 100 years ago. The Ossuaire is an impressive monument and testament to the 130k+ soldiers that lost their lives at this battle. Highly recommend just exploring the area and taking it all in. Kind of a hidden gem in the French countryside.

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london
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

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 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

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 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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

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Thank Sally F
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Huron, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

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 

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Mons, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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 

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Malmo, Sweden
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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.

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