From darkness springs hope
AT THE TOP
OF NOTRE-DAME-DE-LORETTE HILL
In Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, over 42,000 French soldiers who lost their lives on the Artois and Flanders fronts in France and Belgium during World War I have been laid to rest.
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.
NECROPOLIS IN 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.
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 ?
2 Place de Notre Dame de Lorette,
03 21 74 83 15
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