Lantern for the Dead

The photo above shows the Oradour-sur-Glane cemetery; in the foreground is an ancient Lantern for the Dead which probably dates back at least to the 12th century. It is the tall stone column on the left. In the background on the right is the Ossuary which contains the ashes of the vicitms of the massacre in Oradur-sur-Glane on 10 June 1944. On the side of the Lantern you can see an opening which looks like a place for something to be burned.

According to Sarah Farmer, who wrote a book called "Martyred Village," the name Oradour comes from the Latin word oratorium which means "place of prayer." Oradours were "rudimentary square chapels at the intersection of important roads." The Official Publication of the survivors says that the Lantern for the Dead in the cemetery dates back to Roman times when it was the custom to bury people at an intersection. The church in Oradour-sur-Glane was originally built in the 12th century according to Sarah Farmer.


The Crypt

Ossuary and bones

Rouffanche grave

Hebras family grave

Memorial plaques