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Oradour Village of Martyrs
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Oradour-sur-Glane – the abandoned city of unspeakable horror

Oradour-sur-Glane is not a place to stop by during your laid-back voyage throughout France, just to lose a couple of hours. This is a perpetual memorial and museum, devoted to the inhabitants of the village, brutally massacred by the German troops in Nazi-occupied France in the summer of 1944.

Here is where 642 innocent people, women, and children, including, were violently abolished in just a couple of hours – with no explanation, no reason, no trial, and no mercy.

Once the war was over, General Charles de Gaulle ordered that the village should never be restored, but would instead persist as a memorial to the severity and cruelty of the Nazi occupation.

Visiting the site is an uneasy endeavor that will inevitably trigger an emotional response. But maybe, just maybe, knowing the most sinister places of history will help us become better people and avoid replicating the same mistakes all over again in the future.

Here are all the practical details you need to know about the Oradour-sur-Glane village-memorial before planning your visit.

Location and getting there

Oradour-sur-Glane is located in the Haute-Vienne département, part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine région in south-central France. You can get there by car or by public transportation.

The most popular way to reach the site by public transport is by taking the train to Limoges, which is about 20 km away and then riding either a bus or a taxi to the village.

The road distance between Paris and Oradour-sur-Glane is about 400 km, which means a day trip is possible if you previously booked a place to stay around the village.

Practical information about your visit

The entry hours to the ruins and the newly-built memorial center (Centre de la Mémoire) slightly differ throughout the year, so it’s wise to check in advance and plan your visit accordingly.

The site is open and accessible seven days a week, all-year-round (except for December 25 and January 1), with working hours:

  • 9 AM to 5 PM from November to March
  •  9 AM to 6 PM from March to mid-May and from mid-September to November
  •  9 AM to 7 PM from mid-May to mid-September

The entrance to the place is free of charge, and the last admission is allowed exactly one hour before closing the doors. Guided tours around the area are available for groups with a maximum of 20 people.

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Oradour-sur-Glane – the abandoned city of unspeakable horror

Oradour-sur-Glane is not a place to stop by during your laid-back voyage throughout France, just to lose a couple of hours. This is a perpetual memorial and museum, devoted to the inhabitants of the village, brutally massacred by the German troops in Nazi-occupied France in the summer of 1944.

Here is where 642 innocent people, women, and children, including, were violently abolished in just a couple of hours – with no explanation, no reason, no trial, and no mercy.

Once the war was over, General Charles de Gaulle ordered that the village should never be restored, but would instead persist as a memorial to the severity and cruelty of the Nazi occupation.

Visiting the site is an uneasy endeavor that will inevitably trigger an emotional response. But maybe, just maybe, knowing the most sinister places of history will help us become better people and avoid replicating the same mistakes all over again in the future.

Here are all the practical details you need to know about the Oradour-sur-Glane village-memorial before planning your visit.

Location and getting there

Oradour-sur-Glane is located in the Haute-Vienne département, part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine région in south-central France. You can get there by car or by public transportation.

The most popular way to reach the site by public transport is by taking the train to Limoges, which is about 20 km away and then riding either a bus or a taxi to the village.

The road distance between Paris and Oradour-sur-Glane is about 400 km, which means a day trip is possible if you previously booked a place to stay around the village.

Practical information about your visit

The entry hours to the ruins and the newly-built memorial center (Centre de la Mémoire) slightly differ throughout the year, so it’s wise to check in advance and plan your visit accordingly.

The site is open and accessible seven days a week, all-year-round (except for December 25 and January 1), with working hours:

  • 9 AM to 5 PM from November to March
  •  9 AM to 6 PM from March to mid-May and from mid-September to November
  •  9 AM to 7 PM from mid-May to mid-September

The entrance to the place is free of charge, and the last admission is allowed exactly one hour before closing the doors. Guided tours around the area are available for groups with a maximum of 20 people.

D3 Oradour-sur-Glane, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. France ,87520

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D3 Oradour-sur-Glane, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. France ,87520

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Oradour-sur-Glane – the abandoned city of unspeakable horror

Oradour-sur-Glane is not a place to stop by during your laid-back voyage throughout France, just to lose a couple of hours. This is a perpetual memorial and museum, devoted to the inhabitants of the village, brutally massacred by the German troops in Nazi-occupied France in the summer of 1944.

Here is where 642 innocent people, women, and children, including, were violently abolished in just a couple of hours – with no explanation, no reason, no trial, and no mercy.

Once the war was over, General Charles de Gaulle ordered that the village should never be restored, but would instead persist as a memorial to the severity and cruelty of the Nazi occupation.

Visiting the site is an uneasy endeavor that will inevitably trigger an emotional response. But maybe, just maybe, knowing the most sinister places of history will help us become better people and avoid replicating the same mistakes all over again in the future.

Here are all the practical details you need to know about the Oradour-sur-Glane village-memorial before planning your visit.

Location and getting there

Oradour-sur-Glane is located in the Haute-Vienne département, part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine région in south-central France. You can get there by car or by public transportation.

The most popular way to reach the site by public transport is by taking the train to Limoges, which is about 20 km away and then riding either a bus or a taxi to the village.

The road distance between Paris and Oradour-sur-Glane is about 400 km, which means a day trip is possible if you previously booked a place to stay around the village.

Practical information about your visit

The entry hours to the ruins and the newly-built memorial center (Centre de la Mémoire) slightly differ throughout the year, so it’s wise to check in advance and plan your visit accordingly.

The site is open and accessible seven days a week, all-year-round (except for December 25 and January 1), with working hours:

  • 9 AM to 5 PM from November to March
  •  9 AM to 6 PM from March to mid-May and from mid-September to November
  •  9 AM to 7 PM from mid-May to mid-September

The entrance to the place is free of charge, and the last admission is allowed exactly one hour before closing the doors. Guided tours around the area are available for groups with a maximum of 20 people.

D3 Oradour-sur-Glane, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. France ,87520

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D3 Oradour-sur-Glane, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. France ,87520