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Explore score
0.97 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 16, 2012
Date taken
Jul 08, 2012

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 and the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II. The cemetery site, at the north end of its half mile access road, covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. On the Walls of the Missing, in a semicircular garden on the east side of the memorial, are inscribed 1,557 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.

The memorial consists of a semicircular colonnade with a loggia at each end containing large maps and narratives of the military operations; at the center is the bronze statue, “Spirit of American Youth.” An orientation table overlooking the beach depicts the landings in Normandy. Facing west at the memorial, one sees in the foreground the reflecting pool; beyond is the burial area with a circular chapel and, at the far end, granite statues representing the United States and France.

Map Coordinates: N 49°20.910 W 0°51.285

Normandy American Cemetery sits on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel, east of St. Laurent-sur-Mer and northwest of Bayeux in Colleville-sur-Mer, 170 miles west of Paris. The cemetery may be reached by car by traveling:

1. Via highway A-13 to Caen

2. Continuing on N-13 to Bayeux and Formigny

3. Continuing on D-517 towards St. Laurent-sur-Mer and D-514 to Colleville-sur-Mer

4. Signs mark the entrance to the cemetery

There is rail service between Paris (Gare St. Lazare) and Bayeux, where taxicab and tour bus service is available. Travel by rail takes three hours. Hotels are available at Bayeux and Port-en-Bessin.

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GigaPan Stitch version 2.0.0501 (Windows)
Panorama size: 974 megapixels (107696 x 9044 pixels)
Input images: 87 (29 columns by 3 rows)
Field of view: 124.0 degrees wide by 10.4 degrees high (top=2.8, bottom=-7.6)
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.0144 c2=0.00347
Use larger blending region
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Image size: 5616x3744 (21.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2012-07-08 17:33:12 - 2012-07-08 17:39:41
Aperture: f/11
Exposure time: 0.00285714
ISO: 400
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 195.2 mm
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 31.6 to 99.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 21.8 to 34.3 percent
Computer stats: 12278.9 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 52:08 (36 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 7:01, Projection: 9:00, Blending: 36:07
(Preview finished in 20:55)

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