Discovering and photographing the unknown beauty of Europe
Our next stop was Douaumont:
The village completely disappeared on 24 October 1916 during the infamous Battle of Verdun. Nowadays less than a dozen people live in the neighborhood. Just like in the former village, the main road was reconstructed and arrow signs showed where the stores, farms, etc. were located. The fact that they also added the names of the people who used to live there and were filled on the fatal day made it spookier. And again you could clearly see the craters of the bombardments.
Just outside the village you can visit the Douaumont ossuary, which contains the remains of 130.000 soldiers (both French and German) who died during the Battle of Verdun (21 February 1916 – 19 December 1916). Since there were some renovation works going on, we didn’t visit it nor did we take any pictures.