The Basilica is a colourful treasure, standing tall over Albert in the 'Pays des Coquelicots' (Land of the Poppies). It is a surprising mix of Byzantine, medieval Spanish and Italian Renaissance. After your tour, you can climb to the top of the bell tower and enjoy a magical view of the town and the
This memorial, managed today by the 'Souvenir Français', is THE place of Remembrance for French troops who fought in the Battle of the Somme. Surrounding it is the largest French war cemetery in the Somme.
You'll like : An oddity. The whole of Picardy is covered with plots commemorating the Great War. For example, this Chinese cemetery in the Baie de Somme where lie buried workers employed by the British behind the lines. Most of them died of Spanish flu after the war.
The underground 'town' at Naours has lasted for centuries and you can now discover its history and secrets. It is an immense maze of passages dug out of the limestone of the Picardy plateau (33 metres below ground!). This extremely well organised underground refuge is one of the largest in northern
The Historial is an internationally recognised museum dedicated to the historical, sociological and ethnological aspects of the First World War. It depicts daily life during the war using accounts from those who lived through it.
This spectacular blast hole, 91 metres across and 21 metres deep, is what remains of a series of explosions which took place on 1st July 1916. They marked the beginning of the Battle of the Somme for British troops.
2 buildings constructed in 1926 commemorate the Battle of Delville Wood, renamed "Devil's wood" because the fighting was so fierce and South African losses were high. They stand on a large lawn edged with oak trees, grown from acorns brought from South Africa.
Located at the centre of Albert, a town that symbolises the Great War, this museum gives a realistic impression of the lives of soldiers in the trenches during the offensive of 1st July 1916. Sound effects, pictures, lights immerse visitors in the daily life of these soldiers. Essential viewing.