The Mardasson memorial, inaugurated on 16 July 1950, celebrates the lasting friendship between the American and Belgian people who were united by the Battle of the Ardennes in December 1944 and January 1945.
The monument takes the form of a star with five points, each 31m long. Engraved in gold lettering, the story of the Battle can be read on the walls of the open gallery. A walkway situated at the summit, is accessible via a spiral staircase and offers the visitor a panoramic view of the defensive positions held during the siege of the town. There is also a superb ornate mosaic by the French artist Fernand Léger, which is completely dug into the rock. The crypt shelters three altars that celebrate the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish religions.
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- Text: Bastogne Tourisme
- Photos: Lennard Bolijn (1), Ewoud van Eig (2,3,4) & Yvonne Stock Tepen (5)