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The cemetery, chapel, and Lantern Tower are open every day
except Xmas and New Year.
French troops hold the line in
Notre Dame de Lorette commemorates bloody figting in January
- March 1915, in which the 31st Battalion of French infantry
eventually held the line and saved their country. A
murderous and determined German attack initially penetrated
the line, but were eventually driven back.
The cemetery has 20,000 white crosses, in
remembrance of over 120,000 men from both sides who died in
Today you can experience four separate
places at Lorette + the museum at la
- the Cemetery, Chapel, and
Lantern Tower (open daily except Xmas, New
- Museum of N.D.de Lorette:
(200m from chapel)
a 30 min. visit to see a
collection of 2000 evocative objects recalling the
soldiers' life in the trenches, with reconstructed scenes
in the dugout tunnels.
- Battlefield of N.D.de Lorette:
reconstructed trenches and
tunnels, 30min visit.
- Diorama 1914-18: 400 views of
the war in 3D. - a 20min visit.
- Museum of la Targette:
[2km from Vimy on D937] - 30 min visit: see
collection of 3500 soldiers' belongings and equipment,
authentic documents, weapons, uniforms.
of dug-out tunnel at LORETTE - offering some shelter from
constant enemy fire.
2. If your head was seen
above the top of the front-line trench, you risked being
shot by enemy snipers.
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Between Lens and Arras
Take "Neuville St-Vaast" exit from A26
follow signs to "la Targette", then turn R on D937.
UNION DEPARTEMENTALE des Offices de Tourisme du
Pas-de-Calais, BP43, 62501 SAINT-OMER
Tel: 00 33 3 21 98 66 10 Fax: 00 33 3
21 98 22 82
Tel: 00 33 3 21 45 15 80 Fax: 00 33 3 21 59 17
Book here for all 5 places - see above.
La Targette Museum: Tel/fax: 00 33 21 59 17 76