Thursday Doors…Luxeuil-les-Bains

Posted: September 8, 2016 in Thursday doors
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This week we’re taking an a-door-able tour of a few of the doors of Luxeuil-les-Bains, France.  Yes, the “les-Bains” part means more thermal baths, although our focus wasn’t on them but on the beautiful historical part of the town.  You’ll see more of that eventually, including my brave daring adventure on top of a turret.  But as this is Thursday and this is the Thursday Doors challenge, let’s look at some doors.

Luxeuil hasn’t had an easy time of it as we see from Wikipedia:

Luxeuil (sometimes rendered Luxeu in older texts) was the Roman Luxovium and contained many fine buildings at the time of its destruction by the Huns under Attila in 451. In 590, St Columban here founded the Abbey of Luxeuil, afterwards one of the most famous in Franche-Comté. In the 8th century, it was destroyed by the Saracens; afterwards rebuilt, monastery and town were devastated by the Normans, Magyars, and Muslims in the 9th century and pillaged on several occasions afterwards. The burning of the monastery and ravaging of the town are commonly used to illustrate the point that no place in Europe was safe during the invasions.

The abbey schools were celebrated in the Middle Ages and the abbots had great influence; but their power was curtailed by the emperor Charles V and the abbey was suppressed at the time of the French Revolution.

Lots of raping, pillaging, and destruction going on, but as you’ll see, there were survivors, including these beautiful doors, just a few of those we saw and I photographed.


That sign goes with this door.

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

Details, details, details

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

  1. prior.. says:

    Wonderful history here – so rich – and the close up detail of the doorknob -beautiful and so old

  2. So much history in those doors and the details are fantastic. I often stop in my tracks looking at old doors, I show the children, they agree, they nod, they look, then they wander on – I’m not sure they totally get it!

    • I think they’ll one day remember and appreciate it, whether or not they do right now. History is so much more than just dates and happenings. It’s the people, places, and physical things, such as homes, doors, utensils, etc. that make it alive.


  3. Sue says:

    Venerable old doors!

  4. Dan Antion says:

    I enjoyed reading the (sad) history of this area. These surviving doors are beautiful. A testament to the craftsmanship that built them and the care they have received. I hope they continue to stand for centuries.

  5. nowathome says:

    You always find the most interesting ones!

  6. dimlamp says:

    An impressive collection, the black hinges on the first door add character to it.

  7. marianallen says:

    Beautiful doors and stonework! I had no idea that FRANCE was invaded by so many cultures. Somehow, I had imagined France as being safe from everybody but the English. Thanks for the history lesson!

  8. Great images, Janet. Those are the best red doors I’ve seen yet, gorgeous.

  9. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Looks like you were having a heyday with doors in France!

  10. Joanne Sisco says:

    Those wonderful old doors certainly support a rich history. It was already a fine city in 451!! I have trouble wrapping my head around dates like that.
    Oh my … and the worn stairs in the first and last photos. What stories and people’s lives those stairs have seen!

  11. julieallyn says:

    Love the ‘details’ photo, the one with the close up of the door knob!

  12. Such wonderful, historical doors. They could really tell some stories.

  13. jan says:

    The details are amazing. It sounds like that area had endured a lot, sadly.

  14. Norm 2.0 says:

    Old fifteenth century carved wooden doors – what’s not to love? Gorgeous, especially that first one 🙂

  15. Nice comps of your door pics. Thanks for sharing.

  16. jesh stg says:

    Thanks for visiting me -Thurs. is my day “off” because my challenge “Seasons” ends on Wednesday, and often not long on the computer on Thurs. Beautiful and sturdy doors, Janet! The French had a colorful history – I wonder what would be said in the history books about this time (a lot of killing, ethnic groups moving around, etc.)!

    One Jacaranda is beautiful, but when you see a whole row in a street, it looks like a fairy tale! The one posted is on our way to Laguna Niguel (also a beautiful area, right at the coast – let your daughter take you there …Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, etc.Awesome places to shoot a lot of pics:) )

  17. […] our way carefully down the steps, worn in the middle from many feet over many years.  Time for door photos, coffee/cappuccino, and finding raspberry […]

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