Oradour-sur-Glane Church doors

The photo above shows the main entrance to the old church. The photo below shows a closeup of the door. The original door was consumed by the fire in the church and this is a replacement made out of rough unfinished wood. There is no lock on this door and tourists can enter at any time during visiting hours.

The photo below shows the back side of the church with a door to the outside located between the two windows on the right. The first window, which is a plain rectangle, is a window in one of the side altars on the right side of the church, as you face the main altar. The arched window is in another side altar on the right side of the church.

A staff member told me that the women and children tried to escape through this door, but the door opened inward and they could not get out because of so many people pressing against the door. The original door has been replaced by a rough wooden door that is falling apart.

The photo below shows the two side altars on the right side of the church as you face the altar. On the left side of the photo is the side altar where the arched window and the door are located. On the right side is another side altar where the baptismal font sits just to the right of the rectangular window.

The photo below shows the door to the outside, which is located in one of the side altars on the right side of the church. Philip Beck, who wrote a book called "Oradour Village of the Dead," gives the following information about this door: "In the right transept a huge pile of charred human remains was found in front of a little door which was locked. Yet it appeared that this door had been open at first and two women and eight children had got out that way. Their bodies were found in the cellar of the presbytery."

The photo above shows a closeup of the door. There were three exit doors in the church, including this door and the front door, shown at the top of this page. The third door was the door into the sacistry. Most accounts of the tragedy say that the women were locked inside the church. There were two priests and one seminary student who were killed in the massacre.

The Sacistry

Exterior of Church

Interior of Church

Main Altar

Side Altars

Confessional box

Melted Church Bells

Window used to escape

Presbytery

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