Verdun has been profoundly marked by its military past. Its geographical location has made it a strategic site of prime importance - Verdun is not just a city martyred by the First World War. Its remarkable architectural treasurers bear witness to the greatness of its past.
The World Peace Centre The World Peace Centre was inaugurated in 1994 in the former Bishops’ Palace at Verdun. Two important exhibitions encourage the visitor to reflect on the question of peace in a world which has been – and still is – deeply marked by war.
The Underground Citadel During the Great War the Underground Citadel was an important logistic and supply center with magazines, ovens and accommodation for 6,000 men. A little train leads the visitor through galleries in which different aspects of the life of the Poilu of Verdun are evoked. The Citadel was also the site of the selection of the coffin containing the body of the Unknown Soldier who lies under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
The Cathedral The Cathedral of Our Lady of Verdun invites the visitor to travel through different ages of religious architecture: Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-Classical. Beautiful and full of contrasts, the Cathedral of Verdun is the prototype of such cathedrals as Trêves or Toul.