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Verdun

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Verdun - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Meuse
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The Lorraine city of Verdun, in the centre of Meuse, has been shaped by major historical events linked to the First World War. As the location of a terrible battle that lasted 10 months in 1916 and killed over 300,000, the city honours this sorrowful past by paying a permanent tribute to the soldiers who died on the front.

A garrison town from the 17th century onwards, fortified by Vauban, Verdun became increasingly militarised in the 19th century, at the expense of industry. After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine, it became the stronghold of the north-east border. After the terrible battle in 1916 in which two out of three French soldiers fought, the town was devastated, and would once more endure German occupation in the Second World War. Today, Verdun is the world capital of Peace, and has managed to combine tourism development and the duty of remembrance without striking any wrong notes.

As well as the many nearby war-related sites and remembrance locations for the Battle of Verdun centenary (Douaumont Ossuary and Fort, Fort Vaux, the Sacred Way, Souville Fort, Thiaumont Fortress, etc.), you can visit the city's underground citadel, built between 1890 and 1893, to help you understand the events of the First World War. This veritable logistical HQ is very impressive and is made up of tunnels where the soldiers lived and military equipment was stored. It has recreations of scenes from everyday life during the battle. This is also where the "unknown soldier" now lying beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris was chosen.

The Verdun Memorial reopened in 2016 after renovation work and has an exhibition about the battle on three floors.

Verdun offers many tours and circuits at its historic sites, as well as a sound and light show, "From Flames to Light", from June to the end of July.

While the memory of the world wars is omnipresent, Verdun also has some urban heritage that is worth a visit: the Cathedral of Our Lady, one of the oldest in Europe; St. Paul's Gate, a triumphal arch that used to be part of the ramparts; and the 16th-century Princerie mansion that houses Verdun Museum of Art and History.

The old episcopal palace is where you will find the World Centre for Peace, Liberty and Human Rights, a place for exhibitions, meetings and dialogue.

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Verdun

The name of Verdun resonates in the history of mankind as one of the greatest and most tragic battles of the 1st world war.

To ensure the defense of Verdun, no less than 2 belts of around forty forts, structures, infantry shelters, entrenchments, etc. were built. The most famous of them, the Fort de Vaux and the Fort de Douaumont and the underground citadel tell you through their gallery visits about the lives of soldiers.

The city has recited several commemorative monuments: Monument de la Victoire, Monument to the Children of Verdun… including the most famous, the Douaumont Ossuary, which contains the remains of 130,000 men.

Episcoscal city, Verdun conceals a rich religious heritage since in the 16th century, it forms with the cities of Toul and Metz the province of the "Three Bishoprics".

From the church of Saint-Baptiste or even Saint-Victor via the Saint-Nicolas chapel, you just have to walk through the streets of the upper town and stroll along the Meuse to be convinced.

Excite your taste buds with the famous artisanal dragerie de Verdun. Born in 1783, Maison Braquier offers a wide choice of sugared almonds. Almonds or chocolates, colored or silver, there will be something for everyone!

Created in the aftermath of the First World War, with 36 million trees planted, the state forest of Verdun extends over the battlefield and covers more than 10,000 hectares. It becomes an exceptional ecosystem for flora and fauna. There are 16 species of bats, 18 species of amphibians including the yellow-bellied toad and the crested newt, and more than twenty wild orchids. With its natural wealth, it obtained in 2014 the label of "Exceptional Forest". Over time, it becomes a life-size playground for mountain bikers, walkers, trailers and all nature lovers.

In addition to very pronounced memory tourism, Verdun emphasizes green tourism and sports by offering a choice of activities and sporting events suitable for all.

Whether you are on the water, in the forest, or in town, treat yourself to a good moment of relaxation with family or friends.

Verdun is, among other activities, a concentrate of nature and sport. Meanders of the wild Meuse for canoeing, green spaces for hiking or mountain biking, or the city streets for Nordic walking, there will be something for everyone! Sports city, Verdun hosts many sports running competitions such as the Trench Trail, the Great War half-marathon, or the Remembrance Triathlon.

Things to see and do

"On September 13, 1916, early morning rises on the Citadel of Verdun. The grayish dawn is streaked with raindrops. A small group of harassed hairy people, coming from Fleury, heads towards Verdun. Louis, Camille, Emile, and Jean were ordered to come down from the front and to join the Citadel to participate in a ceremony of which they do not know the content... "

Four men, four different destinies, four visions of war for enlighten, through their looks and their emotions, the story of a conflict that will haunt collective memory for a long time to come…

Play as soldier Jean. Meet his comrades to share the intense life of the Underground Citadel and relive the events that made this place a symbol, such as the Choice of the Unknown Soldier. At Verdun, cross the barriers of time.

Designed in 1724 by Robert de Cotte, Louis XV's first architect, the access patella, the main courtyard, the gardens and the ceremonial rooms make it today one of the jewels of classical art. French.

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Events and festivities

Aquafly Verdun
Flame Show in the Light
Festival Musiques & Terrasses - Concert Amadou & Mariam + Laventure // Soul World
The Musical Hours at the Cathedral - Concert Quentin Guerillot
Festival Musiques & Terrasses - Concert Marcel and his Orchestra + Chester Remington // Rock

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Quai de Londres (© Marie JACQUINET / Tourisme Grand Verdun)
Quai de Londres (© Marie JACQUINET / Tourisme Grand Verdun)
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World Peace Center (© Jean Marie PERRAUX)
World Peace Center (© Jean Marie PERRAUX)
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Cathedral of Verdun (© Cécile THOUVENIN / Tourisme Grand Xnzt4Tc2Tai de Londres® (Quai de Londres) (© Jean Marie PERRAUX)
Cathedral of Verdun (© Cécile THOUVENIN / Tourisme Grand Xnzt4Tc2Tai de Londres® (Quai de Londres) (© Jean Marie PERRAUX)
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Cathedral of Verdun (© Cécile THOUVENIN / Tourisme Grand Xnzt4Tc2Tai de Londres®) THOUVENIN / Tourisme Grand Verdun)
Cathedral of Verdun (© Cécile THOUVENIN / Tourisme Grand Xnzt4Tc2Tai de Londres®) THOUVENIN / Tourisme Grand Verdun)
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Musée de la Princerie (© Camille FLOREMONT / Tourisme Grand Verdun)
Musée de la Princerie (© Camille FLOREMONT / Tourisme Grand Verdun)
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Underground Citadel - © Grand Verdun - Anne Schwab® longe de la Vélo ® electric bike ® Cécile THOUVENIN / Tourisme Grand Verdun)
Underground Citadel - © Grand Verdun - Anne Schwab® longe de la Vélo ® electric bike ® Cécile THOUVENIN / Tourisme Grand Verdun)
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Tourist Office of Grand Verdun
Tourist Office of Grand Verdun
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Trailer of the show Des Flammes à la Lumière, Verdun
Trailer of the show Des Flammes à la Lumière, Verdun
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Poster of the show Des Flammes à la Lumière, Verdun
Poster of the show Des Flammes à la Lumière, Verdun
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Poster of the Flames to Light show, Xnzt4je8Th8Tb8Tb
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

By surprise 4 days after the start of the battle of Verdun, it will be occupied for 8 months by the German army. Despite several attempts at reconquest, it was not until October 24, 1916 that the fort

was taken over.

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