Thursday, August 18, 2011

Luxeuil-les-Bains, France - June 19, 2010

Luxovium was the name of this settlement back in Roman times and at that time the town was renowned for its baths and numerous fine buildings. In the period between then and now, the area has endured a pretty traumatic time one way and another.
It went something like this: In 451CE, Attila the Hun stopped by and destroyed the place. St Columban later founded the Abbey of Luxeuil in 590 which went on to become one of the most prestigious in the whole of Franche-Comté. However, in the 8th century, the Saracens took the time to trash the abbey on their way through and it had to be rebuilt. Thereafter it was wrecked by the Normans, rebuilt again and subsequently destroyed by the Magyars, rebuilt yet again before being devastated by the Muslims in the 9th century. After that, life settled down a little and further damage was limited to occasional looting and pillaging by transient armies. Ultimately, the abbey was suppressed at the time of the French Revolution.
Today, Luxeuil-les-Bains is a quiet commune in the Haute-Saône department of the Franche-Comté region of eastern France. Check out other views here.

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