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Notre-Dame-de-Lorette - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pas-de-Calais

A place of remembrance and contemplation but also the largest necropolis in France, Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Pas-de-Calais commemorates the battles that took place on this hill in 1915. Located in the municipality of Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, the site consists of a Neo-Byzantine basilica, a 52-metre-high lantern tower and a huge military cemetery, the largest in France, where 40,058 bodies have been laid to rest.

In 2014, a ring of remembrance was erected, inscribed with the names of nearly 580,000 soldiers of all backgrounds who died on Nord-Pas-de-Calais soil between 1914 and 1918.

Two other buildings complete this site: the Living Museum of 14-18, located on Notre-Dame-de-Lorette hill, with more than 2,000 collection pieces, and the Memorial 14-18 History Centre in Souchez, an interpretation centre with displays of period objects, photos and films.

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