Built upon the initiative of His Grace Ginisty, Bishop of Verdun, Douaumont Ossuary was inaugurated on 7th August 1932 by the President of the French Republic, Albert Lebrun.
On the 137m-long façade, the shields of each town or city having helped build the Ossuary can be seen. Its 46m-high tower overlooks the entire battlefield.
The cloister consists of 22 cavities each containing 46 granite graves. Each grave represents a sector of the battlefield and contains the remains found in this sector.
At each end of the cloister is a 350m3 vault to contain the excess remains of sectors having endured heavy losses.
In front of the Ossuary, Douaumont military cemetery contains the graves of 15,000 identified French soldiers.
All those schedules can change without warning.
|Monday to Friday||Saturday, Sunday ans Holidays|
|January||Close on January, 1
Open from January 2nd to January 5th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Annual closure from January 6th to February 14th included
|February||From 9:00 AM to 12:00 and from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM||From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM|
|March||From 9:00 AM to 12:00 and from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM||From 10:00 AM to 12:00 and from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM|
|April||From 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM||From 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM|
|May||From 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM||From 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM|
|June||From 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM||From 10:00 AM to6:00 PM|
|July||From 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM|
|August||From 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM|
|September||From 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM||From 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM|
|October||From 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM||From 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM|
|November||From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM||From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM|
|Décember||From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Ossuary is closed on 24th, 25th and the 31th
- The last raise of the tower is 1 hour before the Ossuary closes.
- The last projection is 30 minutes before the Ossuary closes.
The admission gives an access to the audio-visual show and the raise of the tower.
The only visit of the cloister and the chapel is free.
The groups who do the visit of the cloister or the chapel with a conference speaker or a guide have to pay a fee of 50 euros.
Means of payment accepted at the ticket counter : cash, card.
|Child (from 8 to 16 years old)||3.00€|
|Serviceman, servicewoman with their military clothes||2.50€|
|Adult reduced rates, students||4.00€|
|Child reduced rates||2.50€|
|Group ( minimum of 20 persons : 1 free for 20 paying)||4.00€|
|School group (minimum of 20 persons : 1 free for 10 paying)||2.50€|
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