Capital of the Limousin region
This capital of the Limousin region, like many French towns in central France, dates back 2 millennia to the Romans, when it was called Augustorotum, after the Emperor Augustus. The city was among the earliest in France to be evangelized to Christianity, by St. Martial, in the 3rd century. Constant raids by German tribes had the city largely abandoned for centuries, until the Abbey of St. Martial was built, and his remains entombed.
Limoges became a center for music and arts from the 9th to the the 14th centuries, when its fortifications were breached and it was invaded by Edward the Black Prince.
Today, Limoges is known worldwide for its porcelain industry. Limoges porcelain is made from kaolin, which is abundant in the area.
Les Halles market is packed with a range of local food stuffs such as locally produced fois gras and noisette (a locally produced hazelnut liqueur).
Many visitors to the area arrive via train to Limoges original 1920’s era train station.
Perhaps the most unexpected fact about limoges is its famed basketball team. Limoges was the first French city to deliver a 1st place win for France in the European basketball league.
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