Interior of Oradour-sur-Glane Church

The photo above shows a side view of the main altar and the wall behind it. In her book entitled "Martyred Village," Sarah Farmer quoted a tour guide who said that the main altar was made out of wood. In this photo, it appears to be made out of stone. Two small logs have been placed between the wall and the altar to keep tourists out. The space between the wall and the altar is very narrow, no more than two feet in width. Some books quote Madame Rouffanche as saying that she used a stool to reach the window while other books quote her as saying that she used a step ladder. The space between the altar and the wall does not appear to be wide enough for a step ladder.

According to the Official Publication of the survivors, the bodies of 15 to 20 children were found in the space behind the altar, which is shown in the photo above.

The photo below shows what is left of the communion rail. Photos of the church immediately after the massacre show the communion rail being intact, but parts of it have apparently been taken as a sourvenir.

Stone steps, shown in the photo above, probably lead up to the choir, which is no longer in existence. Rustic wooden doors, such as the door in the photo above, have been placed throughout the ruins to keep tourists from entering. These stairs are located on the right side of the church, as you face the altar.

The photo below shows the opening to the stairs in the center of the picture. The baptismal font is to the right of the window and a side altar is to the left of the window.

The photo below shows a metal drain opening in the stone floor of the church. According to a staff member at the Center of Memory, this drain hole is part of the original construction when the church was built in the 12th century. I've seen many churches in Europe but none that has a drain in the floor like the one shown in the photo below.

Doors & Sacristry

Main Altar

Side Altars

Melted Church Bells

Window used to escape


Exterior of Church

Interior of Church