L'Ossuaire de Douaumont
L'Ossuaire de Douaumont
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jaimeelsabio
Maryland4,321 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
I was surprised there was an entrance fee to visit this memorial. There was a 20 minute movie, the ossuary, a chapel, and the tower. There are 200 steps to get to the top of the tower, but there is a great view. Outside is the cemetery itself.
Written 1 June 2023
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R8011905
Cambridgeshire, UK228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
A well maintained memorial which isnot always the case. Worth a lokk around. You have to pay to get inside. If feeling fit you can climb the many stairs to the top. the galleries are inspiring. Sadly you can see the remains stored there
Written 11 May 2023
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FoodieOswestry
Oswestry532 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I will make no comment on the fact there is a charge to go inside the monument, that is NOT what one comes to see, or at least, it shouldn’t be. No, it’s the 16,000 or so graves that pay homage to those who gave their lives so we could enjoy ours, and testament to the sheer stupidity of war.

I have seen some large war grave sites in other parts of France, most maintained by the War Graves Commission, but this one beats them all for sheer scale, it really is quite moving.

Just one thought on the entrance fee, is it really fair to change a loved one to see the memorial plaque of a fallen relative? My GGUncle died at Ypres and I can see his memorial on the Menin Gate, free of charge at any time, should not French relatives have the same right? Just a thought.
Written 26 August 2022
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DesdinovaUK
Dover, UK740 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
An interesting place to visit. The Ossuaire commemorates 130.000 French and German soldiers who died during Verdun and who have no known graves.

The bones of those who dies are lain in piles under the floor, and may be seen through the windows on one side of the Ossuaire.

A large conventional cemetery lies just to the front of the building.

A place for thought and quiet contemplation
Written 25 August 2022
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CPaM68
Texas669 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We were on a guided day tour with the Battlefield Tour Company out of Paris that stopped at Ossuaire de Douaumont. Unfortunately, being on a tight schedule, we didn’t get to explore it as much as I would have liked. The ossuary is a memorial tomb that contains the skeletal remains of 130,000 unidentified French and German soldiers who died on the battlefield during the Battle of Verdun in World War I. It sits opposite a French military cemetery that contains the additional graves of over 16,000 French soldiers who were identified. The memorial is a building 450 ft. long with a 151 ft. tower that allegedly gives a panoramic view of the battlefield. We didn’t get the opportunity to climb it. The tower also contains a huge bronze bell rung at official ceremonies and at the top of the tower is the rotating red and white light "lantern of the dead," which shines out across the cemetery at night. The first floor of the building has a war-museum with photos that were taken during WWI, relics from destroyed villages, and old weapons. The ossuary is in the basement and contains the skeletal remains of the soldiers. The term ossuaire is a word that we in the US are generally not familiar with. It’s American spelling is ossuary, and its definition is a box, container, room, or building filled with human skeletal remains. Although ossuaries may be strange to most Americans, they are fairly common in Europe. Interestingly, unlike the neatly stacked piles and rows of bones in Catacombs or Church ossuaries, the bones of the dead soldiers are in heaping piles. Maybe this helps illustrate the sheer scale of death during WWI, as well as the violent way in which the soldiers died. As more modern weapons were introduced (machine guns, poisonous gas) the death toll rose accordingly. During the 300 days of the Battle of Verdun approximately 230,000 men died. If we ever come back to the Verdun area, I would like to return and tour this in more detail.
Written 9 May 2022
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Ernst-Paul
Purmerend, The Netherlands58 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Wanting to show this sacred place to my girlfriend. To my surprise since recently one has to pay an entrance fee of 6,5 euros to pay respect to the 150.000 unnamed heroes of WW-I. A total disgrace. On top of that a box is standing inside the monument asking for a donation for maintaining the monument. So what is the entrance fee used for? As a military couple and veteran I am appalled by this practise.
Written 9 August 2021
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John H
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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iWiebe
Utrecht, The Netherlands1,102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, IN429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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