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Ruins of the Ornes church
Ruins of the Ornes church
Coat of arms of Ornes
Coat of arms
Ornes is located in France
Location within Grand Est region
Ornes is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 49°15′13″N 5°28′21″E / 49.2536°N 5.4725°E / 49.2536; 5.4725Coordinates: 49°15′13″N 5°28′21″E / 49.2536°N 5.4725°E / 49.2536; 5.4725
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Meuse
Arrondissement Verdun
Canton Belleville-sur-Meuse
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de Charny-sur-Meuse
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Charles Saint-Vanne
Area1 18.52 km2 (7.15 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 6
 • Density 0.32/km2 (0.84/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 55394 /55150
Elevation 209–327 m (686–1,073 ft)
(avg. 250 m or 820 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Ornes is a commune in the Meuse department in Grand Est in north-eastern France. The village is one of the nine French villages destroyed in the First World War and one of six that was never rebuilt. It's now a memorial place.

Even though a few houses and a handful of permanent residents remain, the village is classified as having "died for France".


Ornes is located on departmental road 24, about 12 km to the north-east of Verdun. The source of the Orne river is in the commune.

The village is on the border of the Verdun forest where thousands of shells fell during World War I.

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