Plateau de Californie

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Le Plateau de Californie
Tour observatoire du plateau de Californie(2)
Tour observatoire du plateau de Californie
Tour observatoire du plateau de Californie(1)

The California Plateau in the heart of the Chemin des Dames is, like Verdun, an emblematic place of the First World War. However, it has long been associated with the bitter failure of the Nivelle offensive of April 1917, with the mutinies that followed and with the break-up of the summer of 1918, and was doomed after the First World War to a process of occultation.
Before 1914, this plateau, located above the old village of Craonne, was already a place for walking.
After the war, pine trees were planted on this red zone, as the land was no longer suitable for cultivation. And since 2013, a tower-observatory freely accessible will allow you to embrace the plain at more than 25 meters height…

  • Outdoor site, open to the public year-round, at any hour. There are 2 monuments to visit on-site: - one in memory of the soldiers of the 18th IR on a former German concrete shelter. - one in memory of those who fought in any war, “They did not get to chose their burial place” inaugurated in 1998.
  • Services :
    • Free car park
  • Clientèle :
    • Young public


RD 18 CD, 02160 CRAONNE

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