Luxeuil Abbey

Posted: September 13, 2016 in Travel
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Before you visit the thermal baths, take time to head to the old part of Luxeuil, France to explore the history on display.  A big part of that history includes the story of the Irish St. Columban, or Columbanus, and his twenty years in France. In Luxeuil, Columban founded an abbey that still stands today.  Come with me for a look. When we’re done, make your way to the baths for a bit of relaxation. You’ve earned it.

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St. Colombanus outside his abbey in Luxeuil

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Looking one way

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Look the other way.

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Look up.

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Look around.

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Let there be light.


  1. it’s on my bucket list now, maybe we can see it when we can go on our winter howl-i-day :o)

  2. A truly awe-inspiring tour. I love photographing old cathedrals; the architectural details are intense, and amazing.

  3. Lena says:

    Fantastic picture of an amazing church. The images made me think of Ken Follets book – The Pillars of the Earth, one of my favourite books.

  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Stunningly beautiful – it never ceases to amaze me how much effort and energy went into producing all of these great religious spaces.

    • It’s true, Norm, and their beauty has last for so many centuries. They really were made to the glory of God, even though sometimes those making them also did it for pride and the cost was heavy.


  5. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the tour! The photos are wonderful. I love the windows.

    • I could have taken hundreds of photos, Dan. Every time I turned around or moved on, there was something beautiful. The windows were wonderful and the carving that I showed was tremendous!


  6. Allan G. Smorra says:

    These photos are beautiful, Janet. The fourth one (Detail) really resonates with me. I love the effect of shafts/pools of light. The radiance of light thru the stained glass in the last photo is magnificent. I can hear the quiet, if that’s possible.

    • I know exactly what you mean about hearing the quiet. It was the sort of place that makes you feel you should talk in hushed and reverent tones and since we were the only people there, it was very quiet.

      • Allan G. Smorra says:

        I worked on a job site building a church when I was an apprentice and it had that same feel—hushed tones, no shouting and no cursing. I didn’t experience that ever again in my years in construction.

      • Good to know that, Allan. I hope that feeling is still alive and well.


  7. Beautiful photos, Janet. I’m a sucker for stained glass windows. 🙂

  8. Joanne Sisco says:

    The statue at the beginning looks like he’s ready to smote anyone who doesn’t display the proper reverence to the Abbey!

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