The Ecclesia, a unique, ultra-modern cultural centre that brings together an archaeological site, an exhibition space and the Tourist Office

Excavations in Place de la République: a treasure trove beneath our feet

It was just a car park in the town centre. Now it's one of the most important Merovingian sites in Europe, showcased in a modern 700m2 museum.

Excavations carried out in the Place de la République in the heart of the town between 2005 and 2015 revealed remains dating back to Antiquity and the French Revolution. These include 150 sarcophagi, the former church of Saint-Martin and the crypt of Saint Valbert. The state of preservation, rarity and density of the remains make this an exceptional and unique site!

Did you know ?

L'Ecclesia: Why the ampersand as a symbol?

Fusion of the letters "e" and "t", the ampersand is still used by everyone today. It first appeared in the 7th century in Luxeuil-les-Bains, once a major intellectual centre and renowned scriptorium. Copyist monks used the ligature to copy manuscripts more quickly and thus supply numerous works to the whole of Christendom.

Podcast by Artips about the ampersand (french) 

Discover the &cclesia on video (French)

Without giving too much away, here's a sneak preview of what awaits you when you open the door to the archaeological site of the &cclesia !

A journey through time, on footbridges, into Luxeuil's past...


2010 classification as a historical monument
380 burials discovered on this site
700 m2 of remains
10 years of excavation work
Museum: the Saint-Martin archaeological site

More than an archaeological site: an exceptional museum as close as possible to the excavations

The Saint-Martin archaeological site is now showcased by a high-quality scenography featuring 3D animations, models and artistic illustrations. Come and discover these exceptional remains and their history through 5 themed stations:

Finally, the in-depth gallery presents the thousand-year-old history of the Luxeuil monastery and its Irish founder, Saint Columban.

Did you know? When you think of a burial site, you think of bones. Some are still visible, but most have been removed for study.

Philippe Khan gallery

Spotlight on the town's heritage with the permanent exhibition

The Ecclesia presents the 2,000-year history of Luxeuil-les-Bains. Like a large timeline, start at the origins of the ancient city of Luxovium and unroll through time right up to the present day, with the 116 Air Base.

Along the way, you'll meet Saint Columban in the early Middle Ages, admire the talents of the copyist monks and the beauty of the grand Vosges sandstone mansions, before strolling through the Belle Epoque, marked by the golden age of the foundries and the Luxeuil Lace.

Etienne KOPP

Visit the Ecclesia

Prepare your visit !

All the practical information (opening times, prices, access conditions, etc.) can be found at

Ecclesia's website

Stunning architecture

The &cclesia, a monumental museum

OT Luxeuil-les-Bains, Vosges du Sud

Creating a building to cover the 700 m² of excavations without damaging the remains was a major challenge! A real architectural feat, created by Luxovian architect Michel Malcotti, the current building is made of wood and a self-supporting corten structure.

The archaeological shelter is also linked to the old eighteenth-century building, itself built on top of an older fifteenth-century house. These ancient walls are now on display in the Ecclesia, in the area occupied by the Tourist Office.

Events linked to the Ecclesia

The archaeological site opens its doors to you on the occasion of national events and offers guided tours!

Explorer l'histoire de Luxeuil...

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