The Vercors Resistance Memorial

The Vercors Resistance Memorial

Col de La Chau

26420 Vassieux en Vercors - Drôme

00 33 475 482 600

info@memorial-vercors.fr

 

"A site which stirs minds and hearts, a site for remembrance and empowerment"


Inaugurated on the 21st July 1994 for the fiftieth anniversary of the

battle of the Vercors, the Memorial was created in memory of the

tragic events of the Vercors region. It pays tribute to the men and

women who fought for freedom.


This Memorial is the focus point of a trail entitled ‘‘Les Chemins de

la Liberté’’ (The paths to freedom). It is an incitement to discover

the particular sites in the whole Vercors Massif where these events

took place; it is also an incitement to understand better what was

actually played out there.


This project was backed by the “Association Nationale des Pionniers

et Combattants Volontaires du Vercors” (The National Association of

Pioneers and Voluntary Fighters of the Vercors), founded in 1944 by

the civilian head of the Vercors Maquis, Eugène Chavant when the

Vercors Natural Park Authority implemented it.

 

Choosing the location : Far from any buildings,

alongside cliffs situated in the parish of Vassieux-en-

Vercors, a village honoured by the title of ‘‘Compagnon de

la Libération”, the chosen site overlooks the whole of the

massif and the battlefi eld. Far from the world and far from

sight, the location was chosen intentionally. The building is

sheltered within a rocky environment, in the midst of pine

and juniper trees, and thus is as concealed as the men and

women who took refuge underground.

Upon arrival, the visitor is therefore plunged into the

atmosphere of the Maquis of the Vercors.

 

Its architecture is in keeping with the natural and

historic site: an imposing presence, it uses concrete to recall

the image of the Vercors as a fortress with its limestone

cliffs. Its sobriety incites the visitor to become meditative.

Moreover, the building follows the fl ow of the land and its

contour lines.

 

Visit : in contrast with a traditional museum, this

Memorial is a modern museum which calls on visual as well

as sound effects.


 
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