Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette, Ablain-Saint-Nazaire

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#3 of 87 in Historic Sites in Pas-de-Calais
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Built in 1876, this church of Romano-Byzantine style is the work of architect Norman hesdinois Clovis, a student of Grigny. It respects the style novel Flowery XIIth century, because it commemorates the To visit Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette and other attractions in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, use our Ablain-Saint-Nazaire travel route website.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Notre Dame de Lorette is a large, beautiful, and moving French Military Cemetery. The number of graves is immense, and somewhat overwhelming. In the middle of the cemetery is the church of the same name, with beautiful stained class windows. There is also a tomb to the unknown soldier, with coffins inside, as well as a box of ashes from victims of concentration camps, and most major French wars of recent. There is an honour guard that stands watch, so the dead are never alone - over 3000 volunteers take on this task, many of who were present at the front gate, and in the tomb. Across from the cemetery is the ring of names or ring of remembrance - and immense and powerful list of all those who died in WWI, regardless of country, rank, religion, nationality, or which side of the war they were on, as the memorial was constructed in a time of peace. It is beautiful and so incredibly moving. We are so glad that we stopped to spend time time here and pay our respects and remember those who fought so that others may live. Without a doubt, highly recommend.
  • A quiet but moving reminder, a little out of the way but worth the visit.
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