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UNDERGROUND CITADEL
Ville de Verdun / Jean - Marie Perraux
UNDERGROUND CITADEL
Ville de Verdun / Jean-Marie Perraux
UNDERGROUND CITADEL
Ville de Verdun / Jean-Marie Perraux
UNDERGROUND CITADEL
Ville de Verdun / Jean-Marie Perraux

Between 1886 and 1893, underground galleries were dug beneath the citadel in Verdun. Designed to provide shelter and facilities for 2,000 men, the galleries included 6 powder magazines, 7 weapons stores, a bakery, a mill, a telephone switchboard and telegraph office, machinery to raise water for the town and forts, kitchens and vast warehouses.

Protected from the incessant shelling, this underground "town" played a major role during the Battle of Verdun in 1916. Its bread ovens produced up to 28,000 rations a day. On 13 September 1916, a ceremony was held in one of the galleries to award the town its first decorations. Then, on 10 November, it was here that an unknown soldier was selected before being placed beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Nowadays, visitors board a small train to see some of the galleries. Throughout the visit, realistic tableaux illustrate the everyday life of soldiers in these galleries during the Battle of Verdun. At the end of the visit, you'll see a tableau depicting the selection of the body of the Unknown Soldier.

Advance booking required. Maximum of 9 people per carriage. Departures every 6 minutes.



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Schedules and prices

From 1st to 28th February 2018 daily from 09:30 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 17:00.
From 1st to 31th March 2018 daily from 09:30 to 17:30.
From 1st April to 30th June 2018 daily from 09:00 to 18:00.
From 1st July to 31th August 2018 daily from 09:00 to 19:00.
From 1st September to 31th October 2018 daily from 09:00 to 18:00.
From 1st to 30th November 2018 daily from 09:30 to 17:30.
From 1st to 21th December 2018 daily from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 17:00.

Free for less than : 8 ans


- Adult (full rate) : 9
- Group : 7
- Child : 5

Address and contact

Avenue du Soldat Inconnu
55100 VERDUN

Name : CITADELLE SOUTERRAINE

Phone : 03 29 84 84 42

email : citadelle@tourisme-verdun.fr

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Practice of the activity : Intérieur

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