Reopening of the Verdun Memorial
Walk in the footsteps of a solider and experience the Battle of Verdun, one of the most important events of World War I.
Starting on Februrary 21, 2016 the Verdun Memorial will offer a newly curated experience. The site's reopening date was purposefully chosen, as it is the anniversary of the beginning of the famous battle.
A memorial site since 1967 and deeply rooted in battle-scarred soil, the memorial offers an hour and a half long visit honoring the important figures and heroes in this site's history.
The new stage design will give you goosebumps, as it transports you to back in time to these tragic events. Moreover, your heart will swell at the more than 2,000 objects and photos--a testament to the French and German people tormented by this conflict.
The audiovisual display, measuring more than 1,000 ft², utilizes archive images and artistic interpretations to provide a realistic demonstration of not only the soldiers' combative experiences, but also the violence of the battle.
A Multi-Level Experience
Your experience will take place on three different levels. The first is entirely dedicated to the battlefield and the lives of the soliders, whereas the second level focuses more on the battle itself and its larger contest within the war.
Here, you will discover both the French and German home fronts, the role of aviation in the first aerial battle in history, and the story of the staff and heroic war medics.
La Voie Lactée
You will then learn about 'La Voie Lactée' (French for 'The Milky Way'), nickname of the route running from Bar-le-Duc to Verdun, which provided passage to arms, amunition, and troops to the battlefield.
The last level is a tranquil place, bathed in soft light, ideal for reflection and contemplation. You can look out on the landscape of the battlefield, or perhaps peruse supplementary materials at the digital kiosks.