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Oradour-sur-Glane old town

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Address: Centre de la Memoire, 87520 Oradour-sur-Glane, France
Phone Number:
+33 5 55 43 04 30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Wandering around the abandoned town with its crumbling buildings, burnt-out vehicles, and remains of domestic life, together with the roofless church, tugged at the heartstrings... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Maggie S
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wandering around the abandoned town with its crumbling buildings, burnt-out vehicles, and remains of domestic life, together with the roofless church, tugged at the heartstrings at the result of the inhuman activity which had taken place here.

Thank Maggie S
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

I specifically flew to Limoges to visit Oradour. It is very atmospheric and spooky even given that it is the site of the massacre of 640 people. i dont like the term "attraction" it is not a theme park and to the locals it is a sacred memorial. having said that it is a unique though unsettling experience

1 Thank stevelawson60
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Limoges for a few days specifically to visit Oradour-sur-Glane. We were not disappointed. It was very moving and sad, yet at the same time, a very moving tribute to all of the people who lost their lives on one day in 1944. We talk about terrorism as if it is a new concept, yet this brought home... More 

Thank Alison C
Birchington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone should visit this shattered village to try to understand why we need to be constantly vigilant about fanaticism, brutal ideologies and neo-nazism. Six hundred and forty-two people were horribly murdered in this place, ranging in age from babes in arms to great grandparents. No one really understands the motives behind the war crime. Some say it was an act... More 

1 Thank Goomsu
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've visited this a couple of times now, very informative, very atmospheric & certainly makes you think about how bad it was back then. I would recommend you visit here at least once, although I'm sure like us you'll return again.

1 Thank Tina P
Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It had been on my bucket list for a number of years to come here. I knew the story before I entered but there were still things that shocked me. My girlfriend was not so knowledgeable and was visibly shook by the story, particularly upon entering the church. The graveyard for me was the sobering part. Whilst I was uneasy... More 

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Bacup, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the one place in the whole of France that I wanted to visit. As I looked round and took photos of the ruins I felt like is was trespassing as the memorial plaques with photos of the victims who lived in theses house stared at me. The church is an essential visit, the WWI memorial plaque inside the... More 

1 Thank John W
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

Lest we forget. Oradour-sur-Glane was wiped out in June 1944 by 180 odd Waffen SS tropps, to this day, the reason is not known and never will be. 642 people were massacred, including women and children, and the village torched, including the dead. The dead were then sort of buried / disposed of and to this day only 40 have... More 

2 Thank Gordon M
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

Excellent is not the correct word to sum up my review, but alas in this world we now live in we are expected to rate 'attractions' with such superlatives from, terrible through poor, average or very good to reach excellence. The appalling events that took place in a village not that far from Limoges, yet another atrocity carried out by... More 

3 Thank Alan C
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Allow time to take this in......the village is free to enter. I bought a guide book from the shop to help make sense of the village as I was walking round.The memorial exhibition is 7 euros to get in and well worth seeing. A must visit in my opinion.

Thank Sarah S

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