Limoges 87000

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Postcode
87000
Population
139,000
Altitude
209-431 m
TGV / SNCF
Limoges
Airport
Limoges
Autoroute
A20
Market days
Daily (different locations)
Prefecture
Limoges

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Modern Limoges is largely based upon the porcelain industry, favoured by the presence of kaolinite which was discovered near Limoges (near St Yrieix, south-west of Limoges).

The main railway station of Limoges is the Gare de Limoges Bénédictins, which has been named the most beautiful train station in all of Europe. It was designed by architect Roger Gonthier - a particularity of the station is that it was built over the 10 existing lines as opposed to next to them. A large 90 x 78 metre platform was built over the line to support the station building.The building is made of a concrete bone structure, filled in with limestone. The dome which covers the passenger concourse is made of a metallic framework, covered in copper. On the south west corner is a 60 metre tall clock tower composed of 12 levels. It offers direct connections with Paris to the north, and Toulouse to the south. The motorway A20 connects Limoges with Chateauroux, Vierzon, Orléans and Paris to the north, and Brive-la-Gaillarde, Cahors, Montauban & Toulouse to the south.

The nearest airport is Limoges – Bellegarde Airport, a regional airport with a good choice of International flights.

Limoges experiences an oceanic climate common to much of Western France, with most precipitation occuring between October and February.

Limoges can propose a large range of museums including those for porcelain, fine arts, enamel, plus a Traditional Butcher's House, located in the picturesque Butchers' Quarters. It is one of 52 houses built in the early C13th and is dedicated to the butchery trade. There is a good choice of restaurants in the city.