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“Thought provoking”

L'Ossuaire de Douaumont
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Douaumont
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Having visited several monuments to WWI over the last few weeks this has moved me more than any. The tragic loss at Verdun, on both sides is so well illustrated by the accompanying film at the memorial, but seeing the piles of bones and unmarked graves just highlights the futility of it all. An unmissable experience.

Thank Lynne S
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

I stopped here on a whim driving back to Germany from France. I'm so glad I stopped. The momument is very well done. There is a film you can watch about Verdun and the battles that took place there during in WWI. I also learned about the communitites that once stood around Verdun and no longer exist due to these battles. Douaumont is one of those lost communities.
You can climb (up many, many stairs) to the top of the monument for a great aerial view of the surrounding forest and the cemetary below. There are also viewing windows you can see the bones of the 130,000 unknown soldiers. Very moving and well done.

Thank globe_trotter818
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

After having seen many pictures of it, I finally visited the ossuary of Douaumont itself, and that is a very special experience. It is hard to understand that 130,000 French and German casualties of the Battle of Verdun are buried here in great tombs.
In front of the ossuary is also a cemetery with 15,000 French graves.

Thank Fedor-and-Rivka
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

For 300 days in 1917, the Battle of Verdun was fought in a small 10 square mile area centered on the River Muese. The Ossuary is a stark reminder of the lives and communities lost in the "War to end all Wars". The remains of over 150,000 soldiers are interred in the Ossuary and the cemetary on these hallowed grounds.

The surrounding area is a stark reminder of the harsh world of warfare. Entire communities have disappeared, outlined by stone markers depicting town designs. The pock-marks of the nearly year long shellings are visible everywhere on the roads leading to the Ossuary and Fort Douaumont. On this 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I, the battlefields of Verdun are a must-see for an insight into how destructive and painful warfare was at the turn of the 20th century.

Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

After calculating the thousands buried in the cemetery outside, climb the tower of this tomb to contemplate the appalling loss of life that was the first World War. It's a sobering visit at the best of times, but worth the trip.

Thank rat_race_escapee
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