Between its awe-inspiring architecture, famous porcelain and traditional local food, Limousin’s capital is an attractive travel destination this summer…
A grand entrance
If you make your way into Limoges by train, chances are you’ll be heading to Gare de Limoges-Bénédictins. Often hailed as ‘Europe’s most beautiful train station’, its limestone body and copper dome, tall clock tower, ornate frescoes and Art Deco windows make for a striking welcome to the city. What really sets this station apart, however, is its position over (rather than beside) the railway lines that course through it, making it the stuff of dreams for trainspotters and photographers.
France’s porcelain centre
Above all else, Limoges is famous for its porcelain. This shining reputation stems from a long past dating all the way back to the 1760s, when kaolin clay was discovered at the nearby medieval town of Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche. Give yourself a history lesson at the Musée National Adrien Dubouché – videos detailing the manufacturing process and exquisite collections show off the very best of France’s ceramic capital.
Local sport legends
Believe it or not, basketball is a big deal here. Have you heard of Limoges CSP? The club first rose to fame when they won the 1993 Euroleague and have gone on to dominate numerous European and domestic competitions, including France’s top league, the LNB Pro A. Try to get tickets for one of their home games – it’s an electric atmosphere and the Palais des Sports de Beaublanc a brilliant venue.
This is Limousin, so of course the region’s famous beef is on the menu, but meat eaters are spoilt for choice with other local favourites Cul Noir pork and Baronet lamb. The area is also known for its blush-coloured Pomme du Limousin from Lanouaille, just south of Limoges, which can be used as the starring ingredient in flaugnarde pudding. Another popular dessert is clafoutis, the better-known relative of flaugnarde, which is typically packed with unpitted cherries for a deep, sweet flavour.
A must-see Cathedral
Cathédrale Saint-Étienne is quite the spectacle, both as a piece of Gothic architecture and a place of worship. It’s the seat of the Bishop of Limoges – as well as a national monument – and its elaborate façade, colossal Danion-Gonzalez organ and stained glass windows leave a lasting impression.
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