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For other places with the same name, see Verdun (disambiguation).
Southern part of town on a rainy day

Verdun is a town in Lorraine, France.


Porte Saint-Paul

Verdun has seen a lot of fighting, most famously during World War I, when it represented the bloody line of attrition between the Allies and Central Powers (but primarily, the French and Germans) for 11 months. Its history is reflected in its monuments and memorial plaques.

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By train[edit]

Verdun Train Station

Verdun's famous 1 train station (Gare de Verdun) was built by Eiffel in 1868 and was turned into a military hospital from 1914-1916. It is a functioning train station today, with service by SNCF.

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Tympanum of Saint-Sauveur Church
  • 1 Châtel Gate. The only remaining part of the medieval city walls. It leads onto La Roche Square.
  • La Citadelle. Built in the 17th century. It is still in military hands but the underlying tunnels can still be visited.
  • 2 [dead link] Notre-Dame de Verdun (Verdun Cathedral). Consecrated in 1147 but built on the site of an earlier church. The 12th Century Lion Door on the north side has a lavishly decorated tympanum. The whole building was heavily restored in the 18th Century. Verdun Cathedral (Q2942293) on Wikidata Verdun Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • Episcopal Palace. It was built in the 18th Century by Robert de Cotte and has a fine façade. Part of the building is occupied by the World Peace Centre.
  • 3 Mémorial de Verdun (Verdun Memorial), 1 Avenue Corps Européen, 55100 Fleury-devant-Douaumont, +33 3 29 88 19 16. Verdun Memorial (Q3333143) on Wikidata Verdun Memorial on Wikipedia



Officers' Mess





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