National Cemetery of La Doua, VilleurbanneNational Cemetery of La Doua, Villeurbanne

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An impressive necropolis gathering the tombs of soldiers of 5 different wars...

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Inaugurated in 1954, the Doua necropolis gathers the graves of French soldiers who died during the last two World Wars, but also Belgians, Russian and Polish who died during World War 2

The necropolis houses 6,346 graves where are buried 3,622 fighters of World War I and 2,723 in the second. It honours the memory of the French soldiers, but also soldiers of the former French colonial and protectorates territories.

It also houses the tombs of French soldiers who were killed in Indochina (1946-1954), Algeria (1954-1964) and Lebanon (1975-1983).

For the first World War (14-18) are also buried 82 Allied soldiers (including 42 Belgians and 32 Russians).

For 1939-1945, there are 127 Allied soldiers, including 75 Poles and 34 British (39 graves of the Royal Air Force)

Religions : 5,445 crosses, 43 Israelite steles and 819 Muslim steles.

Furthermore, a memorial called "le mur des fusillés" (wall of shot people) commemorates the remembrance of the sacrifice of 78 patriots who were shot by the German under the occupation, close to the hill situated in the centre of the necropolis. These shot people were "resistants", killed between October 1943 and July 1944. They were held at the Montluc prison, after having been convicted for facts of resistance by the German military tribunal which as in Lyon from 1943 to in May 1944.

How getting there: 

Take the periphery highway of Lyon and exit at Villeurbanne - Croix Luizet.

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The Doua National military cemetery
30 avenue Albert Einstein
69100 Villeurbanne

04 78 93 51 45