Verdun Memorial

Douaumont, France

The Verdun Memorial is a war memorial to commemorate the Battle of Verdun, fought in 1916 as part of the First World War. It is situated on the battlefield, close to the destroyed village of Fleury-devant-Douaumont.

It was built during the 1960s, financed by Maurice Genevoix and has been open to the public since September 17, 1967. It remembers both French and German combatants as well as the civilian populations lost during the Battle of Verdun. Furthermore, it is a military museum which displays French and German armaments (including rifles, machine guns and field artillery), military vehicles, uniforms and equipment of both French and German troops during the battle. Over time it has become more of an educational museum than a commemorative monument in an effort to keep younger generations aware of their communal heritage. It also contains a movie theater projecting relevant period films on the battle, a research facility, a library, and a bookstore.

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Founded: 1967
Category: Statues in France

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Hhlliiaass Hli (2 years ago)
Amazing exhibition, salty price fot the tickets...
vaido velt (2 years ago)
To understand the consequences of WWI, the Verdun Memorial is the place to go. The ground is bumpy because of around 10 million shells were fired during the battle.
William Garofalo (3 years ago)
Beautifully remodeled museum. I highly recommend a visit!
Margaret Hames (3 years ago)
Thought provoking and memorable. This is a visit that will remain with you. Especially valuable for the first person accounts of participants and the atmospheric depictions of war. I found the many art-works particularly moving.
David Walther (3 years ago)
Great site to see items and all kinds of stuff they used in the battle at Verdun. But the best was to sit down and listen to the letters of the soldiers. You can hear them in English, German and French. The inside is not allowed to photograph so I can't show any. But it was super professional. A must see. 11€ for adults and discount for kids and students.
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