The history of the Vosges can be traced back to our earliest ancestors. Various carefully protected sites are evidence of their greatness, their courage and their creativity.
The ancient Gallo-Roman sanctuary in Grand built at the end of the 1st century AD, is one of the most remarkable remnants. Because Grand was once a religious site with a thermal spa, dedicated to the god Apollon Grannus; a site that was so famous that pilgrims came from all over the Roman Empire to find out about their future and get their illnesses cured. At present, you can see:
a semi-elliptical amphitheatre (major axis 148 m long) which could seat up to 17.000 people, one of the biggest in the ancient world,
In the Vôge, at the source of the River Saône, which was given its name by Celtic lady druids in honour of their goddess Sagona, you can find the remnants of a Celtic camp which contain evidence of the old Celtic and pagan practices, including the mysterious "Cuveau des Fées" (“Fairy Vat”). Whilst on the La Bure, site, which is a few kilometres from Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, there are traces of human occupation dating from about 2000 BC. Besides which there are Roman roads and the Champ de Roches (« Field of Rocks », and a few menhirs (standing stones) which arouse people’s curiosity and have left some archaeologists puzzled.