Welcome on the official website of the Douaumont Ossuary.
The battle of Verdun, 21 February – December 1916, 300 days and 300 nights of hard fighting, appalling. 26 000 000 bombshells fired by the artillery, so 6 bombshells per square meter, thousands of shredded bodies, nearly 300.000 French and German soldiers missing. The ossuary keeps in it the human remains of soldiers dead on the battlefield in the way to preserve their memory.
The visit is accessible to physically handicapped persons (except for the tower). The visit lasts nearly 1 hour. Next to the monument, the car park is free. Restrooms are near the monument. There is no ATM on the battlefield.
A correct outfit is required, and for men please stay bareheaded. It’s absolutely forbidden to eat, drink and smoke. Don’t shout, don’t run. Photographs and movies are not allowed. The use of mobile phones is forbidden. Pets are forbidden inside the monument, except guide dogs for blind persons and people with a motor or mental handicap.