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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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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... read more

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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16 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

Thank jerseryeire
Bacup, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank John W
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank Gordon M
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

2 Thank Alan C
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Nature has taken over. Squirrels and robins live here. There is birdsong and sunshine. So it actually isn't in the same condition as it was when the atrocity took place. Having fallen down, some of the ruins have even been renovated, so they are the same as they were on the day after the massacre. Except they are newly built.... More 

Thank Samantha D
Tring, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

The village is left as a memorial to the outrage. It is a hard place to visit and take things in but if it makes anyone more tolerant then the visit is worth it. Recommend going to the exhibition too to get more detail

Thank David G
Markyate, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Whenever friends come and stay with my in the region. I always bring them here. It's important people come and see what happened. Oradour is a crumbling memory slowly fading away of what happened. It tells the story as you walk it's silent streets and see the houses and memorials of where people where shot and burnt alive. Horrific poignant... More 

1 Thank Gerry B
Bedford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

This is a place where everyone with an interest in history should add to their bucket list. Its also a place every child should be taken, to show what can happen when too much power is handed to too few people.

1 Thank sunphish
Lynn, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Before you even enter the village, there is an ominous feeling as you approach the entrance. I read about what happened here..... how the Nazi'a came and rounded everyone up and forced them into the church and then set fire to the church. Those who tried to escape were met with machine guns being fired at them. There was a... More 

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