There are many sites of memory in Lorraine, a region far too often subject
to the ravages of war.
The First World War left its fair share of unknown heroes in our soil,
leaving us with a network of sites that invite the visitor to reflect on an
Verdun and its internationally respected “red zone” protect such
monuments as the underground citadel, the Douaumont ossuary, the bayonet
trenches, and the Vaux and Douaumont Forts. The World Centre for Peace is an
invitation to reflect on the great questions.
Between Bar-le-Duc and Verdun, the Sacred Way is often the first among
many equalling moving visits.
The forts of the Great War and the Maginot Line are poignant reminders,
standing alongside more ancient constructions.
At Metz, discover the remains of Roman walls dating from the 3rd
century; see the castles and feudal fortifications at Châtel-sur-Moselle; the
well-preserved Vauban citadels of Toul, Bitche, Montmédy, Thionville, Verdun,
Phalsbourg and the ruins at Longwy; and the famous Gate of France at Marsal.
So many ‘sites’ to see!
The list cannot be complete without mentioning the fortifications dating
from the Occupation, that the Germans called “Festen”, at Thionville and
Let’s not forget the fortified village of Villey-le-Sec designed by Séré
de Rivières, to whom we also owe the forts at Troyon, Vaux, Douaumont, Uxegney
and Bourlémont. And then there’s the Châtel-sur-Moselle fortress whose initial
keep was built in the 11th and 12th centuries, undergoing much enlargement in
the 15th century.