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Douaumont Ossuary

Douaumont Ossuary
Douaumont Ossuary
Douaumont Ossuary
Douaumont Ossuary
Douaumont Ossuary
Douaumont Ossuary
Douaumont Ossuary
Douaumont Ossuary
Douaumont Ossuary
Douaumont Ossuary
Douaumont Ossuary

Built on the initiative of the Bishop Ginisty of Verdun, the Ossuary of Douaumont was inaugurated on August 7th, 1932 by the President of the Republic Albert Lebrun.
On the long façade of 137 m. the shields of the cities which have helped to build this work are affixed. Its tower of 46 m. high dominates the entire battlefield.
The cloister consists of 22 cells containing 46 granite tombs. Each tomb represents a sector of the battlefield and contains the bones found in this area.
At each end of the cloister is a vault of 350 m to contain the surplus of the bones of the too charged sectors.
In front of the Ossuaire, the Douaumont military cemetery contains the graves of 15,000 identified French soldiers.

Periods and Opening Hours


    October: open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday - 10am to 5.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
    November: open from 1st to 6th from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday - From 7th to 30th from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays - 11th November from 9am to 6pm.
    December: open from Monday to Friday from 2nd to 16th from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm  / On Saturdays, Sundays and from 16th to 31st :  from 2pm to 5pm only / Closed on December 25th.
    January: annual closure
    February 2023: closed until 3 February inclusive - Reopening on 4 February 2023
    weekdays from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm - Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10am to noon and from 2pm to 5pm

School group rates
Access to the cemetery, cloister and chapel is free.
An entrance fee is charged to access the tower and / or the projection of the film in the basement.

  • 2.50 € per pupil
  • 1 free guide for 10 paying pupils
  • 4.50 € per additional accompanying person
Adult group rates
Access to the cemetery, cloister and chapel is free.
An entrance fee is charged to access the tower and / or the projection of the film in the basement.
  • 4.50 € per adult
  • A free for 20 paying people
A minimum of 20 paying guests is required to benefit from this rate.

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