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“Much to see!”
Review of Fleury

Ranked #8 of 30 things to do in Verdun
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 24, 2013

There were many markers and memorials in this area to see. Suggest stopping at the Notre Dame L'Europe chapel to park and walk to that chapel and several sites in the nearby area. Take your time here.

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This is one of the "Destroyed Villages" of the Verdun area. These villages were destroyed during WWI and never rebuilt (due to the great deal of unexploded ordinance that was still present for many years). However, each village still has a town council and mayor who take care of preserving its memory. Walking around the wooded area you see markers indicating where houses and shops were. Very eerie.

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Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

It's right next to the road and the only standing building is the Chapel ( built afterwards). Access is free and you just wander around what once was a village. Moving.

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Reviewed July 5, 2012

This area, along the D913 if full of memories of WW1 and the battles that took place here, just a few miles north-east of Verdun.

Start your trip at the nearby Verdun Memorial Museum (Satnav: 1 avenue du Corps Européen
55100 Fleury-devant-Douaumont 7Euro pp entrance fee), less than 1 mile from Fleury-devant-Douaument to get a full flavour of the chronology of the war in this area, then stay on the D913 towards the Ossuary and you will pass a wooded area on your left, with parking by the side of the road - this is the destroyed village of Fleury-devant-Douaument.

There is a small chapel built on the site, and as you walk around the wooded area, you will see lots of signs saying that you are walking along a path that was once the main street through the original town, and also signs stating where the school, bakers, farms, Mayors office etc once stood.

All around you, the ground is full of craters where bombs fell - nothing now stands in this quiet and eerie forested area. Bring repellent with you, as there were a few mosquitoes when we visited.

Within the forest are several memorials along the trails.

There are no toilets here (or at nearby Fort Douaumont or Fort Vaux), but you can find toilets at the nearby Memorial Museum and the Ossuary.

Then proceed down the road to the Ossuary and pay the 5 Euro pp entrance fee to watch the short 20 min film, which was excellent in setting the scene of the soldiers who came to this area to fight for their countries; and finally, continue along the D913 for another 2-3 miles following signs for Fort Douaumont (bring a sweater as is it quite cool within the fort).

Inside the fort, you can pay 4 Euro for a personal IPOD & headset, and do the self-guided tour of the fort, hearing how the fort changed hands during the war and the events that occurred their.

Visit these 4 places for a comprehensive overview of the Verdun battles.

I would also urge you to visit Vauquois-En-Argonne along the D38, about 18 miles west of Verdun, so see the hilltop (Butte de Vauquois) where the French and Germans fought to take control of this significant lookout hill. Here you will find a small museum, original trenches and a memorial up on the hillside - no charge, but check timings as the museum was open when we arrived around 1pm, but closed soon after.

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Reviewed June 16, 2012

Almost missed location when driving through, so glad that I stopped. Enchanting Chapel surrounded still by craters, it was so peaceful to hear the birds singing and even to see an Ant crawling on a sign as I stood in silence trying to envisige the horrors of some 96 years previous !

Various buildings given markers to what they were before being wiped away for ever. We must never forget those who lived and died here !

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