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  • 1 Adrien-Dubouché National Museum - Cité de la Céramique Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    8bis pl. Winston-Churchill F - 87000 Limoges

    The Musée Adrien-Dubouché reopened in June 2012. With the Musée National de la Céramique and the Manufacture de Sèvres, it is now part of the Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres and Limoges. A new building was designed by the architect Boris Podrecca. The c..

  • 2 Limoges Fine Arts Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 pl. de l'Évêché F - 87000 Limoges

    Housed in the former bishop's palace, this entirely refurbished museum is one of the finest outside of Paris; its contemporary museography perfectly showcases the pieces on display. It is divided into four areas: an Egyptology gallery, a department d..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 Bishop's Palace Gardens, Limoges Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    r. de la Cathédrale F - 87000 Limoges

    Laid out in terraces above the River Vienne, the gardens are organised into three areas: a systematic garden, designed in the spirit of medieval and Renaissance gardens; a themed garden, a pleasant series of medicinal, aromatic and food plants; a gar..

  • 5 Cour du Temple, Limoges Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    22 r. 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 Museum of the Resistance, Limoges Interesting

    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..

  • 7 Le Château quarter, Limoges Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. 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.

  • 8 Rue de la Boucherie, Limoges Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Boucherie F - 87000 Limoges

    Half-timbered houses flank this unique narrow street, some still containing one of the 50 butchers' stalls that were to be found here in the Middle Ages (at nº 36 is the Maison Traditionnelle de la Boucherie). The corporation has now left but the str..

  • 9 Chapelle St Aurélien, Limoges 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.

  • 10 Crypt of St Martial, Limoges Interesting

    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..

  • 11 Gare des Bénédictins Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. Charles-de-Gaulle F - 87000 Limoges

    Built over the period 1923-1929, it features a blue-green dome on a platform above the tracks. A clock tower and an esplanade (Champ-de-Juillet) enhance it.

  • 12 St Etienne Cathedral, Limoges 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..

  • 13 St Martial Abbey, Limoges

    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.

  • 14 Place du Présidial, Limoges

    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.

  • 15 Limoges Covered Market

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Motte F - 87000 Limoges

    Built in the late 19C, the buildings of les halles are decorated with a porcelain frieze that depicts market produce. The Viscounts' château was doubtless built on top of the feudal motte.

  • 16 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.

  • 17 Boulevard Louis-Blanc

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd Louis-Blanc F - 87000 Limoges

    The boulevard is dedicated to porcelain and enamels. If you continue as far as the square in front of the town hall - archetype of the architecture of the Third Republic - you will come to the remarkable fountain covered with porcelain plates and sup..

  • 18 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.

  • 19 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..

  • 20 Limousin Aquarium

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    2 bd Gambetta F - 87000 Limoges

    Fresh-water fish, voracious piranhas, selenes, and fish from tropical seas are featured inside a vaulted water tank converted for the purpose. In total, some 2 500 specimens represent over 300 species.

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