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!
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:
- The early Christian funerary basilica
- Burial methods
- The crypt of Saint Valbert
- Roman settlement
- The church of Saint-Martin in the Middle Ages
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.
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