Mont-Valérien, Eminent Place of the National Memory

From 1941 to 1945, during the Second World War, the Mont-Valérien served as a site of execution for more than 1.000 resistance fighters sentenced to death and hostages who were victims of the Nazi occupation.

You will be able to discover the clearing, the chapel and the monument in memory of those executed, as well as the Memorial of the French Resistance.

There is an additional exhibition room located in the crypt of the memorial which explains how this memorial site was created following the wishes of General De Gaulle. Finally, there is an information center which offers archive films about the history of the Mont-Valérien since WWII and provides visitors with interactive touch screens showing the lives and stories of those executed.

Cultural program

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Historic site

  • The clearing  was of use by the German army, between 1941 and 1944, for execution of the people sentenced to death and hostages discreetly extracted from prisons and  camps of the Paris region.
  • The chapel in which some convicted persons spent their last moments and engraved on the walls their last words.

Place of Memory

  • The Memory course overhangs the " clearing of the shot " and allows to follow the way the convicted persons  were going to be shot.

  • The monument in memory of those executed (Memorial) pays tribute " to the Resistance fighters and to the hostages shot in the Mont-Valérien by the Nazi troops  on 1941-1944  and all those who were not identified.

  • Every year on the 18th of June, there is a ceremony led by the French President on the esplanade of the memorial to commemorate the Appeal of 18th of June by  the General De Gaulle to continue fighting and refusing to admit defeat.


Free guided visits are offered all year round, visits last 1h30 ( It’s possible and advised to reserve) Booking is necessary for groups of over 10 people.                                         

Opening times

The Mont-Valérien is open to the public every day, except Monday and January 1st, May 1st, June 18th August 15th, November 1st and December 25th.



Le Mont-Valérien, Haut Lieu de la Mémoire Nationale
Avenue du Professeur Léon Bernard
+33 (0)1 47 28 46 35
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Esplanade du mont-Valérien

  • SNCF train: from Paris Saint-Lazare station or La Défense, stop at Suresnes Mont Valérien
  • Bus: 160, 241, 360 (stop at Cluseret Hôpital Foch), 563
  • By car: from Pont de Suresnes, follow the blue signs: Memorial

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