Thursday, 17 July 2008

Oradour sur Glane

Pictures from the Village of Martyrs at Oradour sur Glane in Limousin, France.

The village was razed by the SS Division "Das Reich" on June 10th, 1944. 642 people were killed and only 11 managed to escape. 328 buildings were destroyed and after the war then President de Gaulle ordered that the town should be preserved as a memorial to those who perished and to remind us all of the horrors of war.

A stark reminder as you enter the village of martyrs

Commemorative plaque in Oradour sur Glane

Only the exterior walls remain to tell the tale

The charred remains of a car

The road to nowhere

The remains of a pram lie in the church at Oradour sur Glane

Remains of a barn at Oradour sur Glane, Limousin, France

Not a sound to be heard

Time for a moment's reflection

For the full set of pictures of Oradour sur Glane go to Flickr.

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

One of the most picturesque chateaus in the Loire Valley in France.

Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau reflected in the moat