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Oradour-sur-Glane old town

Centre de la Memoire, 87520 Oradour-sur-Glane, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I wasn't going to write a review of Oradour, i didn't think I would be able to add anything to the comments already posted, but I think it is worth adding a couple of things after reading recent posts. Oradour has not not been left to fall into ruin. It has been preserved in time as it was when the... More

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Scotland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The cenotaph listing names of all those who perished in this village is very moving. The village serves as a memorial and is a very personal experience

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Visited the museum and the old town. Very interesting to keep the town as a memorial. Very well looked after, lots of information at hand.

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Adelaide, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A shame so few people know about this place. As in the introduction of the World at War series, '...its ruins are a memorial. Its martyrdom stands for thousands and thousands of martyrdoms...in a world at war'.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Those of you who know of the landmark TV series 'The World At War' will remember that Oradour-sur-Glane was at the start of the very first episode A New Germany ... ergo 'The day the soldiers came' Ever since seeing that programme 40 years ago I have wanted to visit Oradour. Yesterday I finally made it and I was astonished... More

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Paris, France
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Touring the museum is a must before wandering through the burnt out ruins and immaculate cemetery. Sorrow, anger, so many emotions the visit evokes. You ask why - why the children. Thanks to the community for continuing to keep the memory alive for future generations to know not just of the warfare, but the evil of the Nazi's actions.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited on an overcast but warm afternoon along with many other people. Our first stop was the exhibition centre and we paid to see the exhibition to get the full story of the village. There were many photons and also paragraphs in English. The film show also had some English subtitles. We then went over to the village which... More

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Balmain, Australia
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162 reviews 162 reviews
14 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a town absolutely well worth the detour to visit. All the photos here and everywhere else you have seen do not capture the sobering atmosphere. It is simply one of those places you have to see for yourself.

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Boulder, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Oradour is an off-the-beaten track memorial dating back to WWII. When de Gaulle visited the site of this massacre he decided to keep it exactly how the Nazis left it. It is a moving historical site that transports you back to 1944. Walking through the tunnel you enter a world inhabited with rusting cars, abandon trolly tracks, and empty pâtisserie.... More

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Northamptonshire, England
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The tragedy is that there are many more places around the world where such atrocities have taken place but the decision to leave this village to fall into ruin as a monument to “non-combatants” ensures that the entire families who were lost will not be forgotten. The memorial centre needs a good hour to study and the text is presented... More

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