Rochechouart 87600

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Rochechouart is situated at the confluence of the River Grêne and the River Vayres on the Plateau of Limousin, about 180 m  above sea level. It is about 9 km south of Saint-Junien, and is the 2nd largest town in the department of Haute-Vienne, and 45 km west of Limoges, the capital of the department.

The walled town is dominated by the château and houses a museum, the "Espace Meteorite Paul Pellas" which commemorates a meteorite crater. The crater was caused by a meteorite that crashed into the earth's surface about 214 million years ago, in the Rhaetian period, around the Triassic Jurassic boundary.