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The Mardasson

Vue sur le Mardasson.
This symbolic memorial of Bastogne, with amazing architecture in the shape of a star, was built in 1948 to pay tribute to the American soldiers who paid a heavy price during the Ardennes offensive. The names of the 48 American states that made up the USA in 1944 are engraved on the outer frieze of the gallery. The two latest additions, Alaska and Hawaii, will be integrated later.

A remarkable view of the battlefields

65th anniversary of Mardasson

Since its inauguration on July 16, 1950, in the presence of Prince Baudouin, future King of the Belgians, and General McAuliffe, commemorations have followed one another until today.

The site was chosen, among other reasons, for its elevated location and its position on the demarcation line between the Rhine and Meuse basins. In 1946, the first stone was inaugurated, and some soil from the Ardennes was taken to be sent to the USA. The hill of Mardasson reinforces its symbolic value as a symbol of freedom illustrated by a milestone (n°1147) decorated with the torch of the Statue of Liberty. The first milestone is located in Sainte-Mère-Eglise in Normandy. At the top of the monument, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Bastogne and its battlefields.

Finally, a crypt dug eight meters deep and decorated with mosaics by Fernand Leger houses the three altars representing Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant religions.

Crypt at Mardasson
© A. Jacob

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Route de Bizory, 1
6600 Bastogne
Country Belgium
Telephone 061 21 02 20
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