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NOTRE-DAME-DE-LORETTE NECROPOLIS


Out of the darkness comes hope

AT THE TOP

OF NOTRE-DAME-DE-LORETTE HILL


At the top of the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette hill, in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, the bodies of more than 42,000 French soldiers who died during the First World War on the Artois front and in French and Belgian Flanders sleep for eternity.

Animals are not allowed and smoking is prohibited.

HOURS

The necropolis is open all year round at the following times :

• October to March : 8h30 - 16h15

• April to May: 9am - 5:30pm

• June to August : 9h - 18h30

• September: 9am - 5:30pm

From December 1 to March 31, the chapel and the lantern tower are closed.

ACCESS

2 Place de Notre Dame de Lorette,

62153 Ablain-Saint-Nazaire

PRICES

Free

A REMARKABLE

LANDSCAPE


At the centre of the necropolis rise the lantern tower and basilica, watching over the soldiers. Like a lighthouse, the light projected from the top of the tower can be seen from dozens of kilometres in all directions. The two richly decorated monuments were designed by architect Louis-Marie Cordonnier.

THE LARGEST

NÉCROPOLE DE FRANCE


With its strong position and the terrible battles it witnessed, Notre-Dame-de-Lorette hill was established in 1919 as a site to commemorate the sacrifice of thousands of soldiers. Today, the temporary cemetery created during the Battle of Artois has become a necropolis encompassing more than 150 cemeteries. This is the final resting place of more than 42,000 soldiers, making Notre-Dame-de-Lorette the largest necropolis in the country.

THE GUARD

D’HONNEUR


Come and meet the guard of honour at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette necropolis. This is the work of more than 4,500 volunteers, split into several groups, who dedicate one day per year to watching over the necropolis and welcoming you to this unique place of commemoration. They can answer all of your questions and help you to find a grave.

HOW TO GET HERE ?


Adress

2 Place de Notre Dame de Lorette,

62153 Ablain-Saint-Nazaire

Téléphone

03 21 74 83 15

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From 1 April to 11 November

• from Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

• Saturday and Sunday 11h-13h / 14h-18h

From 12 November to 31 March

• from Wednesday to Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Closed on Monday and Tuesday - Closed in January

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