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Verdun's tragic history during World War I is overcome by its charm today, with bustling activity and beautiful surroundings.

Verdun is a small city in Lorraine in north-eastern France. The Chatel Gate is the only remaining part of the medieval city walls. It leads onto La Roche Square. La Citadelle was built in the 17th Century. It is still in military hands but the underlying tunnels can still be visited. Notre-Dame de Verdun Cathedral was consecrated in 1147 but was built on the site of an earlier church. The 12th Century Lion Door on the north side has a lavishly decorated tympanum. The whole building was heavily restored in the 18th Century. The Episcopal Palace was built in the 18th Century by Robert de Cotte and has a fine facade. Part of the building is occupied by the World Peace Center.
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