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A medieval place of worship, then a military fortress during the 19th century, Mont Valérien was the main execution site for the German army on French territory. These men, assassinated because they were Resistance fighters, hostages or Jews, are so many reminders of our history that naturally made this site an important place of national memory. After the war, the site was chosen by General de Gaulle to honor the memory of those who died for France from 1939 to 1945; he inaugurated the Mémorial de la France combattante on June 18, 1960. As a place of execution for resistance fighters and hostages (mostly communists and Jews), Mont Valérien is a central element in the understanding of the German repressive organization on French territory. The multiplicity of the paths of the 1,008 people shot allows us today to describe their diversity. Among them, the members of the FTP-MOI Manouchian group, known as the "Affiche Rouge", or Honoré d'Estienne d'Orves, Boris Vildé and Gabriel Péri. In all, 17 nationalities are represented at Mont Valérien.

Inside the site, the "Remembrance Trail" allows you to follow the path of those who were about to be shot: from the chapel, whose walls still bear the trace of graffiti engraved by the condemned, to the clearing of those shot. Now an educational and commemorative site with numerous museographic installations, the Mont Valérien Memorial provides a better understanding of German repression, French collaboration, and the lives of those who "loved life to death".

This visit allows us to understand the repression, to grasp the diversity of the commitments and to decipher the processes of construction of the memories of the Second World War.

Access to the Mont-Valérien memorial will soon be subject to a fee. For more information, please contact the memorial reception desk.

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Information on MONT VALÉRIEN MEMORIAL - HIGH PLACE OF THE NATIONAL MEMORY OF THE MINISTRY OF ARMIES

Every day except January 1, May 1, August 15, November 1 and December 25, as well as the national ceremony on June 18. From March 1 to June 30, then from September 1 to October 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. From July 1st to August 31st, then from November 1st to February 28th from 9am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 5pm. Guided tour (free). Guided tour, French or English, on reservation, free, duration : 1h30. Guided tour of the temporary exhibition every Saturday at 11am, by reservation.

Members' reviews on MONT VALÉRIEN MEMORIAL - HIGH PLACE OF THE NATIONAL MEMORY OF THE MINISTRY OF ARMIES

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PatW
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Visited in april 2019
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lieu historique à découvrir
Site historique important et pourtant méconnu, il mérite une halte.
L'endroit est en plus agréable, sur les hauteurs dominant Paris, dans les arbres
Marina22
5/5
Visited in february 2019
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Beau lieu
Lieu plein d histoire il fait bon s'y promener même l'hiver.
seb9287
4/5
Visited in september 2017
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Lieu chargé d'Histoire qu'on peut visiter facilement lors des journées du Patrimoine. Le panorama sur Paris et la région vaut bien la montée depuis les gares de train ou de tramway. L'itinéraire manque un peu de signalisation.
lastarcecile
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Visited in december 2016
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Un monument peu connu du grand public qui offre pourtant une visée de l'histoire des grandes guerres hors de commun, à connaître et à faire connaître à l'ensemble de nos visiteurs. De plus, par temps ensoleillé cela offre une balade ombragée très sympathique.
Matmatou
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Visited in october 2016
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Haut lieu de la résistance, le mont Valérien est à la fois très émouvant de par son passé mais un lieu prestigieux pour la vue
anneonym
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Visited in august 2016
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Point culminant de la région parisienne, le Mont Valérien est un lieu de mémoire à visiter. Des guides vous emmènent gratuitement au-delà des portes de part et d'autre de la croix de Lorraine pour vous faire découvrir l'histoire de ce mémorial, lieu où furent exécutés de nombreux résistants. Si l'ambiance est un peu lourde dans la chapelle est dans la clairière des fusillés, n'hésitez pas à terminer votre visite par la promenade de Jacques-Baumel, qui fait le tour du Mont Valérien, avec une vue imprenable sur Paris.

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