Limoges Tourist Attractions
LimogesLimoges, originally the Gallo-Roman town of Civitas Lemoricum, the see of a bishop since the third century and now chief town of the département of Haute-Vienne, lies on the right bank of the Vienne in the hilly country of the Limousin. It is famous for Limoges enamel, which was made here from the 12th to the 17th C; its greatest days were in the Middle Ages. Limoges is now a busy industrial town (principally porcelain and footwear).
Cathedral of St Etienne
In the southeast of the town of Limoges is its most important monument and only Gothic building, the Cathedral of St-Etienne, begun in 1273, continued in various later periods but not finally completed until the second half of the 19th C. In the north transept is the Portail de St-Jean, with carved doors (legends of St Martial and St Stephen) dating from the first half of the 16th C. The tower is 62 m/205ft high, the three lower storys being Romanesque and the four upper ones Gothic. Notable features of the interior are the monuments of three church dignitaries of the 14th and 16th centuries round the choir, the richly decorated rood screen in Italian Renaissance style and some old stained glass.
Adjoining the cathedral is the former Bishop's Palace, now the Municipal Museum (Limoges enamels, Egyptian antiquities, local history, pictures). Behind it are the Jardins de l'Evêché.
Address: Place de la Cathédrale, F-87000 Limoges, France
Pont St Etienne
In Limoges, below the cathedral, to the east, is the eight-arched Pont St-Etienne (13th C.). South of this is the 12th C. Pont St- Martial. To the west of the cathedral is the old-world Rue de la Boucherie, where the butchers had their shops in the Middle Ages. At its west end is the chapel of St- Aurélien (15th C.), with a 17th C. west front and tower and a richly decorated interior.
A little way east of the Place de la République, the central feature of the town of Limoges, is the church of St-Pierre-du-Queyroix (13th-14th century), with choir-stalls of 1513, a 16th century Pietà and a 14th century figure of Christ. West of this is the church of St-Michel-des- Lions (13th, 14th and 16th century), with Late Gothic stained glass, relics of St Martial and a 15th century Pietà.
Musée National Adrien Dubouché
The Musée National Adrien Dubouché, established in 1867, has an important ceramic collection, including items from the Limousin, China, Japan and Persia. Visitors interested in Limoges enamel will want to see the Enamel Workshop at 31 rue des Tanneries, where the techniques of enamel-working are explained.
Address: 8 place Winston Churchill, F-87000 Limoges, France
This lavishly designed rail station, created in 1929, announced to the world that Limoges was ready to takes its place in the world as an important and respected city.
Scenic Rail Trip
There are beautiful views of the mountains on this scenic rail trip.