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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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Moving and horrifying at the same time

Every school child needs to visit this place to get an idea of the horror of war - the unnecessary loss of life; devastation to property, landscape and family units. The pile of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
MBond55
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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Every school child needs to visit this place to get an idea of the horror of war - the unnecessary loss of life; devastation to property, landscape and family units. The pile of bones underneath the monument is a stark reminder of the tragedy that is war

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Selby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This monument holds hundreds of thousands of bones of unknown soldiers lost in the battle of Verdun in 1916. It's an amazing structure in its own right but there are also row upon row of hundreds of white crosses that mark the graves of fallen soldiers in front of it. A very emotional visit but very interesting to go into... More 

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Stoney Creek, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Incredibly interesting if you like history as well as quite emotional seeing all the dead soldiers lined up. I recommend this place more for adults then kids as there isn't much to do for them here.

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Herentals, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This well kept site makes you really quiet; the large soldiers cemetery is not the only; under the building with the Tower there is a huge ossuary. Through the Windows you see bones and skulls. In the building you can find an interesting museum where you can get a good picture of the armament and living conditions in the first... More 

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Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Douaumont Ossuary is built on the site of a former French village, destroyed during the months of the battle of Verdun. If you are in the region and you think you can spare 2 hours, visit it. It's very impressive and sad and teaches important lessons of history.

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Thank Monica I
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is testament to the pain, suffering and carnage that man is capable of heaping on his fellow man. A very sad and sombre moving experience.

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Pijnacker, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

Visitng L'Ossuaire de Douamont is so impressive and so overwhelming that only one question stays in your mind. Why and whatfor? People seem to have a very short memory and start war over and over again. Still leaving the question open: why?

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Calne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

I can't find the words to describe the Ossuary. The silence, the crosses and the remains of the soldiers make this perhaps the most poignant site I have ever visited when remembering the Great War.

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Katy, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

Visiting the vaults is free and well worth seeing. For that you need to enter through the front door and not follow the entrance signs. Also peep from the outside into the lower windows to see the bones. However, the tower and the film show requires an admission and these frankly are not worth either the money, the climb up... More 

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Rayne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

Although the memorials and the mass commonwealth war graves are thought provoking, this place takes it to another level. Not for everyone but to look through the windows at the mass of bones of French, German and some American soldiers reall brings home the reality of the carnage of WW1. A must see

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