Faces of the past

Posted: September 18, 2016 in Travel
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I’ve always been interested in archaeology and history so when we came around a corner in the center of Luxeuil-les-Bains to see this, I was thrilled. The Luxeuil Tourist Office website (English version) tells us:

Having developed as a town in the first centuries of Christianity in France, Luxeuil had an early Christian church, built around the fifth century, before Saint Colombanus had even arrived in the region. It is against the chevet of this church that a funeral building was constructed in honour of a very important abbot, Saint Valbert, who died in 670, to whom the building serves as a memorial. All of the surrounding sarcophagi are the graves of monks and date from the seventh and eighth centuries: the Church of St. Martin thus became, from 670, the abbey’s funerary church. Listed as an historical monument, it is one of the most important sites in Eastern Europe from the Merovingian period.

As you can see, the work is ongoing.

© janet m. webb 2016

Many of the town’s archaeological discoveries are preserved in the La Tour des Echevins Museum, the former town hall, built in the 15th century. From the Gallo-Roman period, there are funeral relics, numerous remnants from thermal baths, and ceramics from the kilns of ancient Luxeuil. From the website

The museum first appeared to be unprepossessing.  However, it was quite nice. Here are a few of the discoveries we found on the museum’s first floor.  The second floor was filled with ceramics, relics, and other smaller objects. The third floor featured a local artist as well as other artists.  The winding, ancient, stone staircase led higher and higher, all the way to…  Well, that’s a subject for another post.  For now, enjoy a bit of ancient history.  To see the outside of the museum (worth the look) and a little of the inside, click here.  The site is in French, but the English version doesn’t have the same photos.

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

  1. way fascinating. i too have been attracted to archeology from way back. even pre my understanding of my fascination with art. in fact it was through archeology that i began to understand art. and that led to my art. these photos are gems. way fun. thank you.

  2. now it is double marked in red on my bucket list… it’s absolutely worth a visit !!!

  3. Lena says:

    This is really interesting and great pictures, history almost beat anything. The understanding of where we came from.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    I love this stuff. Thanks for sharing your “find” with us. To look back that far is amazing.

  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    Discovering this kind of stuff makes our meager history in North America look rather pathetic!
    I really have trouble wrapping my head around the time that has past and all the people before us.

  6. Thanks for the interesting history lesson today, Janet. These photos really illustrate the story you told. Well done.

    • My pleasure entirely, Allan. There was so much just in the little museum and I believe there were some other sites, but we didn’t get to them.


      • I know the feeling. The more you look, the more you see.

      • I’m so thankful for my iPhone and its wonderful camera. It makes travel photography so easy. There’s a part of me that would have liked my Nikon, but the phone allows easy travel + photography which is lovely!!

      • I agree with you 100%, Janet. iPhones definitely have their limitations, but if you can find their parameters and accept them a lot of things are possible.

        There have been times when I’ve said to myself, “If only I had a DLSR I could….” The truth is, that when I used my SLRs I had similar thoughts—If only I had _ lens with me…

        Second guessing myself is not productive to the creative process. Acceptance works a whole lot better, for me.

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