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La Coupole is a World War 2 German rocket base near St-Omer.
La Coupole mini guide
|Department:||North East France > Nord Pas de Calais > Pas-de-Calais >|
|Address::||La Coupole, BP 284, 62504 Saint Omer Cedex, France.|
|Switch board number:||+ 33 (0)3 21 12 27 27|
|Visit owner's personal website:||http://www.lacoupole-france.com/|
To get there by car:
From Calais: A26 exit n°3
La Couploe is open every day except the Christmas period as below.
Hours of opening are from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm all year except July and August when the hours are from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
The site is closed over the Christmas period from 24th December to 6th January inclusive.
|Quick links to accommodation:||Accommodation near La Coupole - Hotels in La Coupole|
Situated in Helfaut-Wizernes, Pas-de-Calais, 5 km from the town of Saint-Omer, La Coupole is a gigantic underground bunker designed by the Nazis, in 1943-1944, to store, prepare and launch the V2 rockets (first missiles to reach the stratosphere), the secret weapon that Hitler was counting on to destroy London and reverse the course of the war.
The bunker is among one of the most impressive relics of the second world war in Europe and in 1987 the Pas-de-Calais general council and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais regional council decided to transform this symbolic site into a place of rememberence and education.
First open to the public in 1997 having been rehabilitated as a History and Remembrance Centre, LA COUPOLE recalls two episodes of the history of the twentieth century, closely linked to the site of La Coupole - the development of the stratospheric rockets, first of all instruments of death before becoming the launchers of the conquest of space and the second world war, through the example of the occupation of the North of France by Nazi Germany between 1940 and 1945.
The historical information is transmitted to visitors with audio-visual facilities, allowing you to explore at your own pace.
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