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L'Ossuaire de Douaumont

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

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A must see!

This area is so rich with the history of the battle at Verdun, and the ossuary is a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives in the battle. The drive through and around it... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2017
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Hales Corners, Wisconsin
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Hales Corners, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

This area is so rich with the history of the battle at Verdun, and the ossuary is a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives in the battle. The drive through and around it is full of memorials and areas dedicated to entires villages that were destroyed. Any history buff will be amazed at the area and the ossuary... More 

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new orleans
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

The huge Ossuary building overlooks a very large cemetery for the fallen soldiers of France and its allies during the battles near Verdun. Inside the ossuary are the bones of soldiers whose identity is presumably unknown. There is nothing to do here but to ponder and to pray. Practical Information: You will need private transportation to arrive, such as your... More 

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Kindsbach, Germany
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

this is a great way to spend the day! The view from the top overlooking the cemetery is aw inspiring and makes you appreciate the sacrifices young men and women from around the world paid for a free Europe. This is an indoor and outdoor activity.

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Thank James H
Budapest, Hungary
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The whole place and its surroundings is very depressing. It is saddening that on such a relatively small area so many people died senselessly.

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Thank csaba9973
Bicester, United Kingdom
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120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

"Grand" doesn't begin to do this memorial complex justice. The high tower offers views over countryside with a sombre history, the halls inside seemed to shimmer and hum, the moving film has imprinted on my memory, the sheer number of white crosses is staggering and the bones underneath all make you feel very small and humble. It is an absolute,... More 

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 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
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 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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Thank M_H8816
York, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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Reviewed 24 September 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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Thank Westow_Yanks
Camberley, United Kingdom
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923 reviews
462 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 565 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 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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Thank nnmercman
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 September 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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