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D58 E3 Chemin du Mont de Lorette | Front the National Necropolis of Notre Dame de Lorette, 62153 Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France
+33 3 21 74 83 15
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Whilst some memorials seem to glorify war the avenue of peace as you enter the circle of memorial... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017

all those names make us think hard about war and those young men from different nationalites who... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
Courrieres, France
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The Ring of Remembrance is located at the summit of the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette plateau, opposite to the biggest of all French National War Cemetery. The International Memorial commemorates the names of the 579,606 soldiers, of all nationalities, who fought and lost their lives on the soil of Nord and Pas-de-Calais. Inaugurated on 11 November 2014 and designed by the architect Philippe Prost, this elliptical memorial was inspired by the circles children make in their games and designed as an open book in homage to the soldiers who fell in our region. It is an object of great aesthetic and symbolic power, evoking the mass death which occurred on the battlefields of this region between 1914 and 1918. Part of the structure uses a cantilever overhang to symbolise the fragility of peace. Soldiers’ names have been inscribed in alphabetical order, with no mention of nationality or religion. Among the names engraved on the memorial are those of Francois Faber, winner of the 1909 Tour de France; John Kipling, son of the poet Rudyard Kipling; Joseph Standing Buffalo, grandson of the Indian chief Sitting Bull; Hans Dulfer, the German alpinist; and Paul Mauk, the youngest German soldier enlisted. In the remembrance room of Lens' 14 - 18 Great War History center, you can use tablets to consult databases of the nearly 580,000 soldiers, of all nationalities, who fell in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. Their names are engraved on the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette International Memorial, which lists all the soldiers who died, were buried or commemorated within the Nord and Pas-de-Calais departments during the First World War. Using this data, you can find out everything about any given soldier: his date and place of birth; where he was recruited, his regiment and his rank; the date, place and cause of his death; as well as his place of burial, provided all of this information is known. The welcome team is on hand to help you research your family or locate a tomb or memorial within the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region.
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D58 E3 Chemin du Mont de Lorette | Front the National Necropolis of Notre Dame de Lorette, 62153 Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France
+33 3 21 74 83 15
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Whilst some memorials seem to glorify war the avenue of peace as you enter the circle of memorial sets the tone for the sheer loss of life from both sides in WW1. A must see memorial for anyone looking at WW1 sites. You must visit...More

Thank Starkreality1
Reviewed 3 May 2017

all those names make us think hard about war and those young men from different nationalites who sacrificed their lives

Thank delphineg08
Reviewed 12 November 2016

This is a very simple circle across the road from the French cemetery and church. But once inside the circle you are humbled by its facts. Here are the names of approximately 500,000 who fell during this war. All the soldiers. German and all the...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2016

All people who have an interest in the Great War, this is a MUST visit site. As well as the Notre Dame Lorette to see, there is a ring of remembrance with 580,000 names of ALL soldiers who died in that part of France. It...More

Thank Anytimesoon2
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Imagine a vast weddng ring lying on slightly uneven ground so that at one point it passes over the encircled grass meadow on a bridge.There are only three openings in the circular wall, an entrance and two viewpoints. Sort of corrugated bronze walls claim to...More

Thank lizandianp
Reviewed 19 July 2016

576,606 soldiers listed - Unbelievable, shocking. Words can't describe what those soldiers suffered during WWI

Thank MichH43
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Another must do trip for visitors from Europe. Breathtaking - the numbers who died during WW1 is hard to imagine without visiting a place like this. Over 40,000 buried here. The Ring of Remembrance is unique and contains names of 580,000 soldiers from 40 nationalities....More

Thank Simon M
Reviewed 9 July 2016

This was the first time that I have seen this new memorial, it has half a million names of the fallen of WWI (the Nord area of France) German, French and British/Commonwealth and is well worth a walk around if you are at Notre Dame...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 23 June 2016

We were staying in Ablain as a base to visit the Somme, Yypes and Vimy Ridge. I had not done my research on the Ring but as it was at the top of the hill off we went. It really is stuning and humbling. Every...More

Thank Topicalcat
Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

As the ring of memory is relatively new it is not mentioned in all guides - but it is really worth going to. The view, and shear number of names knock you back. It was made even more poignant because we found our great uncle...More

Thank JaniceBridger
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