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War memorials

France: The Russian Military Cemetery & Chapel near St-Hilaire-le-Grand

Architect: Albert Benois
Location: near St-Hilaire-le-Grand, France

The Russian Military Cemetery & Chapel near St-Hilaire-le-Grand  is one of several reminders that, on the Allied side much more than with the Central Powers, the First World War was indeed a world war. The Great War casualties were later joined by Russians who died fighting for France in the Second World War. The Russian Orthodox chapel was designed by Albert Benois and built and decorated in 1936-37. On the other side of the road a commemorative column records the engagement of Russian troops in France.

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