Nécropole Nationale Française de Notre-Dame de Lorette

Nécropole Nationale Française de Notre-Dame de Lorette, Ablain-Saint-Nazaire

Nécropole Nationale Française de Notre-Dame de Lorette

Nécropole Nationale Française de Notre-Dame de Lorette
4.5
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Tuesday
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Maitlandboy
Maitland, Australia455 contributions
Emotional, confronting, amazing
May 2019 • Friends
The scale of this French memorial demonstrates the enormity of the human loss that occurred those many many years ago.
To walk in the gates stirs deep emotion for both French and non-French.
Beautifully maintained this is a stunning reminder of the sacrifices that many people made in support of a just cause.
Written 27 June 2019
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dierik
Lochristi, Belgium245 contributions
impressive
May 2019 • Couples
no, it is not fun to see and visit this monument, but the long rows of small crosses with thousands of names are just stunning and impress any visitors, knowing that a few thousands "unknown" rest under the tower in the middle just makes it even more impressive.
Written 28 May 2019
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Sailorsgirl
Springfield, MO5,705 contributions
Notre-Dame de Lorette and the Ring of Remembrance
Apr 2019 • Couples
The National Necropolis of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette is the largest French military cemetery where 42,000 French soldiers who were killed in the Artois and Flanders areas were laid to rest. The cemetery is massive. The Notre-Dame-de Lorette is incredibly beautiful.

Across the road is the relatively new Memorial, The Ring of Remembrance with the names of 580,000 men from around the world who fought and died on the Western Front from 1914-1918. The names are listed alphabetically on the ring that is made up of 500 plates of bronzed stainless steel. As I walked the circle and looked across at the other side, I felt like it was moving around me.

With the names listed alphabetically, it was easy to find the names of at least two famous individuals. Listed on the plates is John Kipling, the son of Rudyard Kipling. Also listed is Joseph Standing Buffalo, grandson of the native American leader Sitting Bull. No one received preferential treatment on this memorial. The names begin with a Nepalese sailor who served in the British Navy, and the very last name is a German soldier. The Ring of Remembrance was inaugurated on November 11, 2014.

There are actually three sites in this single location. The Interpretation Center is located on the foot of the hill. Here you will find a good introduction into the history of the Great War in Northern France, documents, and films.

There is plenty of parking, no WC's so plan ahead. It's a little bit of a walk to the Memorials and the Church, so wear comfortable shoes. There were French Guides at the gate to answer your questions. Don't miss this if you are visiting WWI sites in France. Close by is Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial and it's new Visitor Center.
Written 28 April 2019
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jh302018
Leeds, UK4 contributions
Beautiful memorial awful restaurant
Apr 2019 • Friends
We visited this place recently, the church and memorial were beautiful and a fitting memorial to the fallen. However our visit was spoilt by the visit we made to the restaurant. our tour guide had e mailed to alert them of our visit and it was confirmed the cafe would be open. The male server was very rude and totally unwelcoming. We were told the cafe was shut and were met with a glare and shrug of the shoulders.As a result 16 hungry people . Not what one would expect at a tourist spot!
Written 18 April 2019
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sandra523
London, UK723 contributions
Outstanding
Jan 2019 • Family
So emotional to see the memorial to the dead soldiers from the First World War . Word to the Wise you can park almost outside if you are disabled ,as the disabled parking is about 1000 feet from the main entrance. Whole area is beautifully maintained . Its a stark reminder of how many families lost their loved ones
Written 12 January 2019
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TiburonTony
Tiburon, CA372 contributions
Stunningly beautiful wall of remembrance
Nov 2018 • Friends
Besides the necropolis and cemetery which are peaceful and emotive there is a circular wall of remembrance containing around 600,000 names of soldiers from numerous countries who died in the surrounding battlefields. To my total surprise I found the name of an uncle who died at Beaurains.
Written 13 November 2018
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David C
United Kingdom374 contributions
Oh so moving.
Nov 2018 • Couples
What a moving experience to visit the largest cemetery of French fatalities during WW1. To see the rows of crosses is both sad and moving. A short steep climb up the steps of the tower to see artefacts from the war is well worth the effort. Just across the road from the entrance is the Ring of Remembrance with the names of all 576,606 combatants of all nationalities who died in Nord pas de Calais during the conflict. During our visit here a piper and drummer marched around the memorial. Again very moving. All this is free.
Written 7 November 2018
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j1954g
Tetbury, UK3,290 contributions
A moving memorial to the dead of France in a beautiful rural setting ...
Oct 2018 • Couples
A very moving visit to this site, the world's largest French military cemetery, which contains the remains of over 40,000 soldiers both in the ossuary and in rows of graves marked by simple crosses. Here are also gathered the ashes of many concentration camp victims.

Nearby is a relatively new monument, the Anneau de la Mémoire (Ring of Memory) which I have reviewed elsewhere. The two memorials are completely different in character, but each stunning in its own way.

There is no admission charge or car parking charge and the site is staffed by very helpful volunteers who can speak some English. When we visited the basilica was closed for refurbishment but the ossuary was open.

We saw one small coach party but, for the size of this place, there were very few visitors, even on a lovely sunny morning. Notre Dame de Lorette is only an hour's drive from the Channel Tunnel at Coquelles but seems relatively unknown to English visitors to the battle sites of the First World War. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 3 November 2018
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Ralph G
Lewes, UK110 contributions
Two Important memorials to French and other soldiers who died in the First World War
Jun 2018 • Couples
Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette is an important site commemorating the French casualties of WW1, There is an enormous cemetery and a basilica which was not open during our visit as it is undergoing refurbishment.

Alongside the Necropole and cemetery is a a recently opened circular memorial wall (the ‘L'Anneau de la mémoire’/‘Ring of Remembrance’ ) in stainless steel, coloured bronze, containing the names of several hundred thousand soldiers of all nationalities (French, British, American, Australia, Portuguese, German and so on) who died on active service in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region.

It is overwhelming, and moving, and very similar to the Vietnam war memorial in Washington DC
Written 7 August 2018
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Viewlander
Crieff, UK1,134 contributions
Tranquil
Aug 2018 • Couples
This review is for the necropolis , not the nearby memorial which has it’s own entry. This is a beautiful resting place for the French troops who defended their country in the First World War
Written 5 August 2018
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