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It was built in the 6th century but the nowadays buildings are from the 17th an 18th century. 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. 1400 priests went on to be trained at Luxeuil-les-Bains. Today it is a pastoral centre and a mixed private secondary school.
Documents on this historical site are available from Abbey reception. Memory site opened on request. Booking for group visits.
14 rue Victor Genoux. Tel : +33(0)3 84 40 13 38
Web : www.amisaintcolomban.org
An Irish monk, he founded a monastic school at Luxeuil in 590. Being fierce, strict and aggressive, he ensured the monks’ days were busy. Other than prayer, study, reading and calligraphy, he added hard labour in the fields to the curriculum. The Luxeuil abbey expanded in Europe at the Merovingian era.
In the middle of the courtyard at Saint Colomban’s Abbey, his statue was unveiled in 1939 and was cast by the Paul Balland foundry in Luxeuil.
In front of the entrance to Saint Peter’s Basilica. The bronze statue is the work of Claude Grange. Highly realistic, it was unveiled on 6 July 1950 in the presence of Monseigneur Roncalli, the future pope John XXIII, and Robert Schuman.