French War Memorial

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    Location: WRJP+Q49, Mahe de Labourdonnais St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001, India

    Estimated Visiting Time: 2-3 hours


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    Pondicherry is a historical settlement dotted with numerous places of historical importance. Among these numerous, a very important place of tourist interest in Pondicherry is the French War Memorial. Located on Goubert Avenue, the French War Memorial commemorates the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country in World War I. The monument was built in 1938 by the governor of that time – Crocicchia. However, the memorial was inaugurated on 3rd April 1938. Just opposite this historic place in Pondicherry is the statue of Gandhi – one of India’s greatest freedom fighters. Every year, on the 14th of July, the memorial is beautifully illuminated to honor those brave martyrs. People from surrounding regions and surrounding towns and cities gather here to be a part of this tribute. This is regarded as one of the popular tourist spots in Pondicherry, and thus, is explored by thousands of tourists every day. The memorial does not take much time to explore, as it is located in a small area. A walk around the French War Memorial is enough to treat your eyes with a glimpse of this historic monument. 


    The French War Memorial is an imposing structure located on Gobert Avenue and is dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1. Every year on the 14th of July there is an annual commemoration ceremony during which the monument is beautifully illuminated. This monument offers a delightful experience to all visitors. 


    The French War Memorial in Puducherry, India is a war memorial dedicated to the residents of French India who gave their lives for the country during the First World War. It is located opposite the Gandhi statue on Gaubert Avenue in Puducherry. France decided in 1915 to strengthen its army by recruiting from its Asian resources; A recruitment drive was launched in December 1915 “India is indebted to France in many ways, it is the duty of every Indian to stand by France in these adverse times. France will never forget those who came to her in these difficult times. They will be treated as if they are like their own children. In the French Army Thank you for joining.” – From a statement made during this period by Alfred Martineau, Governor of French India. The monument was built in 1937 and inaugurated on 3 April 1938 by Governor Crocechia. 5,000 was subsidised in the colonial budget and granted “to the Committee nominated by the Decree dated 14 January 1936, to erect a monument to the memory of the Residents of French India who died for France during the 1914-1918 War.” It was designed by the sculptor Gaston Petit and an architect named Delafon. A bronze plaque lists the names of soldiers killed during the First World War. More plaques were added listing the names of soldiers who died during World War II, the French War in Indochina, and the Algerian War. The monument remains the property of France. The memorial is decorated and illuminated every year on Bastille Day (July 14) in honour of the colonial soldiers who took part in the First World War. French government officials visited the memorial on the occasion and laid flowers at the foot of the monument. A “Defence and Citizenship Day” is held every November, where students from the Lycée français de Pondichéry and other local schools are given the opportunity to participate in presentations on the rights and duties of French citizens and presentations on national defence. They then attended a ceremony at the memorial commemorating the end of the First World War on 11 November. 

    Inside/Outside Views

    The memorial, erected by Governor Krosicha on April 3, 1937, is a tribute to the bravery of the soldiers who fought and lost their lives in World War I. The monument immortalizes the strong Indian presence in the World War for which every Bastille Day pays homage to that brave heart as the space is beautifully lit and decorated. Behind the memorial, there is also a bronze bas-relief representing the arrival of the Duplex in Pondicherry in 1742. 

    Opening Hours

    Open 24 hours.

    Entry & Others Fees

    There is a minimum entry fee of Rs. 10 per person to visit the memorial.

    How to Reach

    By Air: From almost every major city of India, Puducherry has a small landing area that can land small aircraft. The second best option to reach Puducherry is Chennai. The international airport is about 135 km from Puducherry.

    By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Villupuram, approx. 35 km from the main city. It is well connected with all the leading metros of the country.

    By Road: Another great option is to travel to Pondicherry by road from anywhere in the country and explore UT peacefully. Explore lush foliage with opportunities to connect with locals and their cuisine.

    Tips for Travellers

    You can carry a water bottle and some snacks. Make sure your behavior does not disturb anyone. 


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes, this place is safe to visit.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: Yes, photography allowed in this place.

    Que-03: What is the best time to visit the place?

    Ans: It is best to visit the place in the evening.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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