Religious Heritage - Saint Colomban
Saint Colomban Abbey
This abbey was founded in the 6th century but today’s buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries. There are 108 openings onto the gardens. Parts of the basement have superb vaulted cellars. By order of Louis XVIII in 1815, this became a small seminary. In 1823, 280 students attended this prestigious establishment. 1,400 priests went on to be trained at Luxeuil-les- Bains. Today it is a pastoral centre and a mixed private secondary school.
Rue Victor Genoux in Luxeuil-les-Bains.
The Basilica of Saint Peter & Saint Paul
The church (a listed monument) belonged to the Benedictine monastery, and was built at the end of the 13th and beginning of the 14th centuries, under abbot Eudes de Charenton. Works were led by a master mason from Fresne-Saint-Mamès, Renaud, who was ennobled by abbot Eudes as a reward. The bell tower dates from 1527.
Since the French Revolution the town hall has been located in the former abbey palace (16th and 18th centuries).
Place Saint-Pierre in Luxeuil-les-Bains.
Open every day from 09:00 to 18:30.
The old abbey church and the pink sandstone cloister are the only medieval remnants of Luxeuil’s Benedictine monastery. On the keystones you can see the coats of arms of the abbots who contributed to the renovation in the fifteenth century. Although the cloister has lost one of the wings and most of its columns, it provides visitors with the perfect setting for a meditative walk.
Place de l'Abbaye in Luxeuil-les-Bains.
Chapel of Saint-Colomban in Sainte-Marie-en-Chanois
A nice place to walk for some, a pilgrimage centre for others, this quiet place offers a pretty panorama and will leave no one indifferent. There is the little Chapel of Saint-Colomban, but there is also the cave where the Irish Saint withdrew for meditation and prayer. Don’t forget to bring a flask to fill it with water from the spring!
Hermitage Of Saint-Valbert
Located near the animal park, the Hermitage is not always accessible but worth the visit. This very peaceful place consists of the cave where Saint Valbert lived, a Chapel, an old inn and a beautiful French garden.