L'Ossuaire de Douaumont

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John H
5 contributions
Opening hours a disgrace
Jan. 2020
The Ossuarie seems to be run for the benefit of the staff and not to allow tribute to be paid to the braves fallen honoured within. Opening only 9-12 (10-12 at weekends) and 2-5 is a disgrace when most visitors will be travelling and therefore 12-2 would be a popular time. So sad that such a magnificent memorial isn’t run by people who care.
Written 17 March 2020
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The Ossuary is a private foundation that had to cross a crisis due to Covid19. We had to evaluate how many visitors we would have at the reopening so the foundation would not waste too much money that, obviously, she needs. The Ossuary is runned by passionate people, I really would like to know what made you think the opposite so we can fix the problem? Anyway, thank you for your feedback and know that the Ossuary is now open from 1 to 6 during the week and from 10 to 16 during week ends until the 13th of july, and after we will open from 10 to 6 all days. Cordially, Bénédicte for the Foundation.
Written 8 July 2020
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iWiebe
Utrecht, The Netherlands1,093 contributions
Childrens crusade
Aug. 2019
A must go place when visiting the Verdun battlefields. In front of the ossuary are the remains of at least 16.000 known French soldiers. Inside there are some 130.000 unknown soldiers from both sides who died during the 300 day battle. A very somber and sobering place.
Written 3 February 2020
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Weyes1
Bloomington, IN425 contributions
Must see!
Oct. 2019
We visited in October, 2019 when the weather fit the somber location...rainy and cold. Payment for the movie and visit is well worth it. As others have said, it is a somber visit but being reminded of the sacrifices made on both sides and spending time to honor the men who died here made the visit worth our time. It is difficult to describe the feelings one has after seeing the bones of so many men piled into the space beneath the tower. It definitely makes WWI more of a reality and not just a story in history.
Written 20 January 2020
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Patty W
12 contributions
Powerful
Dec. 2019 • Couples
One of the most powerful memorials I've ever seen. It's scale is appropriate to the heart wrenching sacrifices made here.
Written 23 December 2019
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The Judge
United Kingdom22 contributions
If you don’t go anywhere else, go here.
Sep. 2019 • Couples
If you don’t go anywhere else, go here.
Visit to the memorial is free, but you pay to watch the movie that explains why the memorial was built and climb the tower. It’s worth paying for.
In 1919 they started collecting the unidentified dead from the battlefields around Verdun from both sides. Douaumont was one of many towns totally obliterated by the 300 day battle.
They built a monument which houses the bones of over 230,000 unknown soldiers. About 600,000 were killed in total with many more injured.
The Ossiary has small windows into the catacombs so that they can be never forgotten.
There are so many ruined fortifications and trenches in the area it would take days to get just a glimpse of them.
They called them “the men of mud”.
They selected 8 bodies, one from each battle site around Verdun and placed each in a coffin at Douaumont. The sixth of eight was selected. It is this one lies in the tomb of the unknown soldier under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Written 9 September 2019
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Knot2Worry
Germany93 contributions
SACRED PLACE
Sep. 2019 • Couples
WWI history at its best. Movie may be disturbing for some adults and young children. Reality is depicted, but that’s what makes this tribute to all of the “unknowns” so inspirational.
Walking up the bell tower is 200+ steps up and down. The views are phenomenal.
Written 5 September 2019
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Carter G
Fussa, Japan1,058 contributions
Interesting
Aug. 2019 • Couples
Very interesting site but it could be SO much more! They only allow pictures from the tower but the windows are locked closed and not very clean. Short 15 minute tours could really bring this place to life and make it much more meaningful for everyone. Yes, it’s worth the visit but if you’re a photographer you are limited to outdoor shots.
Written 31 August 2019
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atjf56
Huntington Beach, CA12 contributions
If you are in this neighborhood this is a must see.
Aug. 2019
I have not seen a sight in my 60+ years that has made such an impression on me about the in-humanity of war than this sight. If the remains of a 100.000+ unknown entombed in this memorial does not make you think, and think why, then I have start to doubt all of us. This was just one battle field in a war where more than 9 million people died in less than 5 years.
Written 30 August 2019
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Desire P
22 contributions
A touching reminder of what war brings
Jun. 2019 • Couples
This is another must when in Verdun,France. This building houses the bones of hundreds of thousands of unknown soldiers who died in the battles around Verdun during WW1. There is an auditorium where you can watch a short film explaining the battle between France and Germany. After the film we walked around the church and remembrance hall. You can see the bones piled high if you look through the little windows near the ground outside. At the front of the building you will see hundreds of crosses where unknown soldiers were buried. A little removed from all these is a site for the fallen Jewish soldiers. You will leave this site feeling profoundly touched by the sadness that inevitably comes with war. A must see!
Written 1 July 2019
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bobby-kinsuk
Southampton, UK157 contributions
Awesome experience.
Jun. 2019 • Couples
This is an awesome experience to witness and to think of all the life's lost. Free to get in the L'ossuaire where you can wander around. 6 euros to go into the film show and access to the tower with superb views of the surrounding countryside, 205 steps to climb..
Written 24 June 2019
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