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  • 1 Adrien-Dubouché National Porcelain Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    8bis pl. Winston-Churchill F - 87000 Limoges

    More than 12 000 pieces of porcelain make up this collection; fine faience by Théodore Deck (1823-1891), Chinese porcelain (central room on the first floor), and medieval maiolica (Talavera, Faenza, Moustiers, Delft). The left wing displays 18C Frenc..

  • 2 Church of St-Michel-des-Lions Interesting

    Religious buildings

    1 pl. du Présidal F - 87000 Limoges

    Two buildings, one Romanesque and the other 13C Gothic, came before the current building whose construction was undertaken in 1364 and was carried on in the 15C and 16c. The rectangular plan is as a result of its hall-church character. Two granite Li..

  • 3 St Etienne's Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la Cathédrale F - 87000 Limoges

    In spite of being built over six centuries St Etienne's Cathedral has a relatively homogeneous style. St Jean's doorway was built of very fine granite between 1516 and 1530 in the great age of the flamboyant style. Inside the Rood screen and the thre..

  • 4 Bishop's Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    r. de la Cathédrale F - 87000 Limoges

    Laid out in terraces above the river Vienne, these are gardens flanked by age-old trees they have an attractive view over the cathedral and the Episcopal palace. Near to the Orangery you can admire the botanical garden.

  • 5 Temple courtyard Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    22 Rue du Consulat F - 87000 Limoges

    The Rue du Consulat flanked by 18C buildings is linked to the Rue du Temple by a corridor that opens out on to this attractive collection of 16C half-timbered houses with arcaded galleries.

  • 6 Musée de l'Évêché Interesting

    Museums and art

    1 pl. de l'Évêché F - 87000 Limoges

    This museum displays a fabulous collection of more than 300 Limousin enamels from the 12 to 18C. You will find out about the different enamelling techniques (cloisonnés, champlevés and painted) and will admire pieces such as the triptych of the Nativ..

  • 7 Rue de la Boucherie Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Boucherie F - 87000 Limoges

    Half-timbered houses flank this individual and narrow street. Some contain some of the 80 butchers' stalls that would have been found there in the Middle Ages (at no. 36 is the traditional butcher's house). The corporation has now left but the street..

  • 8 Chapelle St-Aurélien Interesting

    Religious buildings

    F - 87000 Limoges

    The discrete butchers are also pious. In 1795 their corporation secretly bought this chapel built in 1475 as indicated by a 14 C Cross. They still maintain it today. Inside are votive offering boxes and wooden statues.

  • 9 Gare des Bénédictins Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. Charles-de-Gaulle F - 87000 Limoges

    Completed in 1926, it features a blue-green dome on a platform above the tracks. A clock tower and an esplanade (Champ-de-Juillet) make this a site worth visiting.

  • 10 Musée de la Résistance

    Museums and art

    7 r. Neuve-St-Étienne F - 87000 Limoges

    The names Tulle and Oradour-sur-Glane are enough to remind us of the heavy price paid by the region during the Nazi occupation. Documents and other evidence cover the period when the Maquis led by Georges Guinguoin won fame in the fight against the e..

  • 11 Quartier du Château

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place St-Pierre F - 87000 Limoges

    This is the centre of the town around the St Martial abbey and the Viscounts' chateau. There are lively streets surrounded by boulevards which follow the site of the old ramparts.

  • 12 Vestiges de l'abbaye St-Martial

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la République F - 87000 Limoges

    Not much remains of this abbey built on the necropolis where St Martial, the Apostle of Limousin, was buried. In the square a line on the ground gives an idea of the size of the abbey church for this medieval hotbed of art and culture.

  • 13 Place du Présidial

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Présidial F - 87000 Limoges

    There is a 1639 town house, the Maledent house on the corner of the Rue Haute-de-la-Comédie, the north doorway of the church of Saint-Michel-des-Lions and the old layout of the administration buildings of the Old Regime dating from the 17 and 18C.

  • 14 Halles

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Motte F - 87000 Limoges

    Built at the end of the 19C they are decorated with a porcelain frieze on which market fruits are depicted. The Viscounts' chateau was clearly built on top of the Feudal Motte.

  • 15 Place de la Barreyrrette

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Barreyrette F - 87000 Limoges

    The «barreyrette» is a reference to the barriers which penned in the beasts while the stallholders in the nearby Rue de la Boucherie looked at them longingly while sharpening their broad bladed knives.

  • 16 Boulevard Louis-Blanc

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd Louis-Blanc F - 87000 Limoges

    In the square in front of the town hall even the statue is porcelain.

  • 17 Pavillon du Verdurier

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. St-Pierre F - 87000 Limoges

    This pavilion was built after 1918 to store meat which was then in short supply. It is decorated with sandstone mosaics and floral friezes on ceramic squares. Today it is an exhibition centre.

  • 18 Église St-Pierre-du-Queyroix

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Pierre F - 87000 Limoges

    The ogive flamboyant style façade dates from 1534. There is a harmonious clocktower (it served as a model for those at Saint-Michel and de Saint-Étienne) and an interior which is striking because of its size. There is an attractive 1510 stained glass..

  • 19 Crypte St-Martial

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la République (escalier en lisière de la pl.) F - 87000 Limoges

    Martial and his two companions (they rejoiced in the names of Alpinien and Austriclinien) were buried here in two large sarcophaguses. Martial was exhumed and placed in the golden reliquary. The bird mosaic dates from this era. After you have crossed..

  • 20 Maison traditionnelle de la Boucherie

    Museums and art

    36 r. de la Boucherie F - 87000 Limoges

    A block and its accessories, a cabinet with a mirror (19 c), a fireplace used for heating offal, a backroom used as a slaughterhouse and a sty. The butcher, his family and his employees all lived on the first floor, while the loft was used to dry out..

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