Verdun is a small fortified city in the Meuse department in Grand Est in northeastern France set in a valley and surrounded by trees and forest. The River Meuse runs through the city and branches off into smaller canals. The fortification of Verdun was the work of Marshal Vauban who is responsible for many other great buildings and city walls around France.

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Fort de Douaumont – This is the largest of the forts defending Verdun and is situated on the highest ground overlooking the whole of the battlefield.

Necropole Nationale de Douaumont – 15,000 graves marked with the names of French Soldiers who died at Verdun.

Citadelle Souterraine – Underground Citadelle containing several kilometres of tunnels.

Victory Monument – Climb the 73 steps of the monumental staircase topped by a warrior. It also houses a crypt.

Verdun National Cemetery – 5,000 crosses mark the monument to torture victims. The square is dedicated to the unknown soldier. The Aviator monument.

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