The City of Verdun

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The official memorial and story of the battles around Verdun in World War I

One of the few remaining gates (portes) into Verdun

Some interesting and historical names appear on this local plaque from 1919:

Raymond Poincaré was a future president of France. Andre Maginot gave his name to the famous "Maginot Line," designed to repulse a German invasion. All the cannons pointed eastward toward Germany, and the Germans simply marched around the end of it and came up behind it. Maréchal Pétain was the leader of the Vichy (occupational) government during WW Two.

The center of Verdun has been rebuilt in a most pleasing way. Pedestrian streets, fountains, statues ...

... and nicely lit up at night

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