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L'Ossuaire de Douaumont

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Address: 55100 Douaumont, France
Phone Number: +33 3 29 84 54 81
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Moving and Magnificent

The Ossuary contains the bones of 130,000 soldiers who were found on the battlefield. It is a beautiful building with a lovely chapel and is free to enter unless you wish to climb... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 23, 2016
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

The Ossuary contains the bones of 130,000 soldiers who were found on the battlefield. It is a beautiful building with a lovely chapel and is free to enter unless you wish to climb the tower for which there is a small charge. The cemetary itself contains 15,000 French soldiers bodies. It is very close to other memorial sites.

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West Drayton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

I was truly humbled and moved by the Ossary. It was €6 for the cinema and tower, but you can walk around and into the Ossary for free. I had heard the name of the Verdun battlefield but didn't have a clue at the carnage nor suffering that both faction should suffered here. The 20 minute cinema show really bought... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Verdun is arguably the most significant battleground of WWI. The ossuary is a poignant monument to all those who died in this horrifically bloody war. The building itself is a remarkable example of Art Deco architecture with windows at ground level showing the countless piles of bones of the dead. The view from the tower shows the vast countryside which... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 423 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

The sheer size of the Ossuary and cemetery is awe inspiring and the fact there over 130,000 bones belonging to unkown soldiers (both French and German) recovered from the surrounding battlefields buried underneath give it a sense of proportion. The Windows into the Ossuary are at the back of the building and not immediately obvious. Inside the main building you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Very moving monument with the story told by film the bones that could be seen through the viewing panels made war horrific

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

The site is composed of a cemetery and an ossuary with a chapel. Soldiers from all nations involved in WWI are remembered and their memory celebrated in this place of remembrance. The place is quite large, but it can be accessed by car at no fee.

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Thank Carlo R
Bensheim, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

A monument to those French soldiers that died in this region in WW1 and whose remains are still being discovered in the surrounding forests and fields. The chambers under the monument are filled with their skeletal remains. There is a very good film that details the start of the War and the later building of the Ossuary.

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Immaculate, large open car park, separate toilet facilities. Purchase your ticket if you wish to watch the video showing or visit the tower. Otherwise simply understand the loss of life that was by walking through the building or the grounds.

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Fountain, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

What an amazing and sad story behind all this. It cannot be described, you have to see it to understand the enormous loss of life that happened. Traveled here on a USO bus trip from Germany.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

A most moving and impressive experience even if not French or German ... aftrr several visits to the Western Front to the Australian /British section I thought I had experienced a fair bit ... I hadn't ... a must see and experience for all ... Lest We Forget

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