Centre Mondial de la Paix

Set in Verdun’s handsomely classical former bishop’s palace, built in 1724, this museum’s permanent exhibition touches upon wars, their causes and solutions; human rights; and the fragility of peace.

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2. Monument à la Victoire


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3. Citadelle Souterraine

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Comprising 7km of underground galleries, this cavernous subterranean citadel was designed by military engineer Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban in the 17th…

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Once part of Verdun's original city ramparts, this 14th-century gate was later used as a prison from 1755 to 1860.

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Built in 1877, this city gate is adorned with a marble plaque recalling the ‘victorious peace’ that inspired a ‘cry of joy’.

6. Mémorial de Verdun

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The village of Fleury, wiped off the face of the earth in the course of being captured and recaptured 16 times, is now the site of this memorial. It tells…

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8. Tranchée des Baïonnettes

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On 12 June 1916, two companies of the 137th Infantry Regiment of the French army were sheltered in their tranchées (trenches), baïonnettes (bayonets)…