I was visiting the very famous Mont St Michel and decided to take a detour and visit this interesting memorial. These are a series of mono images I have put together in a gritty dark style to convey the solemnness of this location.
Mont d’Huisnes is the only German Mausoleum in France, after the decision of the German government to merge all German cemeteries into a single memorial. It is located atop a hill above the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, thirty metres high; 11,956 German War-dead are buried here.
They were transferred there in 1961 by the Volksbund Service that exhumed them. It was opened September 14, 1963 and is located a few hundred meters east of the town Huisnes -sur-Mer.
This is quite a different necropolis, from which, there are wide views of Mont-Saint-Michel and the reclaimed land. The desire to keep the rural quality of the site has rendered it almost invisible.
Mont d’Huisnes has been kept as a natural hillock into which the necropolis has been hidden. Stone steps lead to the visitors’ hail that opens on to a large plan with pins showing the Departments from which the Dead have been transferred. The Ossuary is built in the form of a cylinder on two levels around a courtyard laid to lawn and open to the sky.
A great cross stands in the centre. On the outside a covered gallery has been built at each level, sixty-eight vaults in each of which repose a hundred and eighty bodies.
At the opposite end to the entrance steps lead down to a landscaped terrace where one can look out onto the bay of Mont Saint Michel.