Posts Tagged ‘archaeology’

Roof tiles were invented in Greece in the 7th century BC, probably reaching Phrygia about 600 BC.  Geometric patterns were used in addition to animal motifs. The city of Gordion must have been a beautiful sight with these terracotta decorations.

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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.

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