Limoges has become the generic name for the hard paste porcelain that was produced during the 18th, 19th, and into the 20th century in Limoges. It’s considered the finest hard paste porcelain in the world because of three very distinct characteristics.
• The essential ingredients are all natural: feldspar, quartz, and kaolin.
• The intense firing process forms a glaze that can not be penetrated and makes the porcelain an exquisite form of translucent pottery. The glaze on an antique piece of Limoges, well over one hundred years old, will show no signs of crackling or crazing. If it has not been broken, an antique piece of Limoges will look as beautiful today as it did the day it was produced! (just don't put it in the dishwasher)
• An abundance of skilled artisans arrived and set the standard for both Europeans and Americans to emulate. These artisans created masterpieces out of decorative pieces of art to essential objects for daily use.
If you are interested in reading more on the history of Limoges porcelain and looking at over 1,000 pieces of beautiful antique Limoges procelain check out the website listed below.
To the origin constructs for conceiver frozen meats imported of Argentina.
The building, situated behind the high school Gay Lussac became municipal gallery, place of temporary expositions of all sorts (paints, and so on. ..).
This is a circular house, of which the façades are decorated of multicoloured mosaic ones. The together is covered by a dome in copper. The interior is divided in two rooms: in the one of the ground floor take place the expositions. The basement shelters very beautiful in a manner permanent glasses.
To inform itself for the hours of variable openings in runs year.
A l'origine contruit pour concerver les viandes congelées importées d'Argentine.
Le bâtiment, situé derrière le lycée Gay Lussac est devenu galerie municipale, lieu d’expositions temporaires de toutes sortes (peintures, etc...).
C’est un pavillon circulaire, dont les façades sont décorées de mosaïques multicolores. L’ensemble est recouvert par un dôme en cuivre. L’intérieur est divisé en deux salles : dans celle du rez de chaussée ont lieu les expositions. Le sous-sol abrite de très beaux vitraux de façon permanente .
Se renseigner pour les heures d'ouvertures variables en cours d'année.
Pont Saint Etienne.
Limoges is a very old city of by the ford on the Vienne river the city to growing during the centuries. Today it counts more than 200 000 inhabitants while the body of the department not in account "than" 350 000!
Also the tomb of Martial Saint attracted many pilgrims (to see farther) The Holy bridge Etienne dates back to 1210 and is composed from 8 ribbed arches. To the
approaches some appealing restaurants.
Limoges est une ville très ancienne de par le gué sur la Vienne la ville à grandie au cours des siècles. Aujourd'hui elle compte plus de 200 000 habitants alors que l'ensemble du département n'en compte "que" 350 000 !
Aussi le tombeau de Saint Martial attira de nombreux pèlerins (voir plus loin)
Le pont Saint-Étienne date de 1210 et est composé de 8 arches ogivales. Aux abords quelques restaurants attrayants.
A ruined Abbey, a 2km walk or cycle from the centre of Villars. The remote walk up to it is beautiful - fields of wild flowers and crops. All the way you can hear the grasshoppers in the fields.
Once you get there you can walk around the ruins and see the structures of the Abbey.
The Chateau de Bourdeilles is two castles built in different periods. There is a mediaeval fortress (13th-14th century) in which you can climb the tower to get beautiful views of the surrounding area, and also there is the Renaissance palace (16th century) which has ornately decorated rooms, and contains furniture collections.
A network of underground caves, containing stalactites, stalagmites, calcite formations and also prehistoric cave paintings.
You are taken on a guided tour (given in French and English) through the cave system and various points of interest are pointed out along the way.
There is a tearoom and small gift shop selling postcards and books about the caves.
No photographs can be taken inside the caves.
Limoges has it's own collection of half-timbered houses and narrow streets in the old part of the city. Some are rather colorful and have flowers draped on the exterior, reminded me of Germany.
As in nearly every French city or village there are outdoor markets with fresh regionally grown foods, always fun to visit and buy food for a picnic in the park or on your upcoming train or car ride. This market was very located in the old city amongst the half-timbered buildings.
Les Halles, the covered market is a nineteenth-century iron and glass structure. The alleyways inside are full of atmosphere; noise and bustle and tempting smells of mouth-watering French food. There were, until 1940, no less than 49 breweries in Limoges; real ale is still brewed there., in the Brasserie St Martial, Place Denis-Dussoubs.
The Cathedral was built during the 13th - 16th centuries, it reminded me of Chartres with its many stained glass windows and flying buttresses. This masterpiece of gothic art, is one of the few gothic style monuments of Southern France. It took 600 years to build it.
We didn't enter the cathedral, but admired its beautiful exterior.
The impressive Gare des Benedictins railway station was built at the beginning of the last century with a magnificent dome in slate, engraved glass, copper, wrought iron and other materials. It was built on land that was once a Benedictines convent, hence, Gare des Benedictins. The inside of the station shows stained glass windows that bear numerous Limousin symbols.
If you are even changing trains at Gare des Benedictins station, go outside and see the impressive exterior of this building.
The Musee Adrien-Dubouche has an extensive collection of over 10,000 exhibits which includes samples of the local products and china displays from around the world, as well as various celebrity services ordered for the example; Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles and Di, and French royals. The exhibits are well laid out, with panels describing the processes for making the different wares.
The museum is open daily except Tues: July & Aug 10am–5.45pm; rest of year 10am–12.30pm & 2–5.45pm; entrance fee: 22F/€ 3.35.
To touch the heart of the city let walking in this old, small and dark when the sunset, streets to feel and imagine what was the life in Limoges during the ancient time.
They was to city center, main part of peoples ingnore that one was around the cathedrale and the other one around the "place de la motte", you need walking around the cathedrale, and around St Aurelien chapel.
On a grimmer note : the village of Oradour-sur-Glane
On June 10, 1944, a Nazi SS Division surrounded the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, a few miles west of Limoges, then ordered its 642 inhabitants to assemble in the town square. Women and children were then herded into the town church which was set on fire while they were machine-gunned. Men were executed. The entire town was then set on fire. A total of 245 women, 207 children and 190 men were killed.
Oradour-sur-Glane was never rebuilt, forever standing as a silent monument to Nazi atrocities.
More Info: A motto on the new Oradour town brochure reflects the attitude of its people: `Ni haine - ni oubli.` Neither hate nor forgetfulness.
Classification: Museums , Site Seeing
The village of St-Cirq-la-Popie
This crazy and breathtaking village is built on the side at top of a rock dome. Park near the bottom and circle the narrow, crooked streets and stairs that let you visit the village.
Classification: Photography , Site Seeing