Limoges is a city near the centre of France, the prefecture of the Haute-Vienne department, and the administrative capital of the Limousin region. Limoges is best known for the exquisite crafts that are created there. One of a kind medieval enamels on copper and oak barrels used for Cognac production are made in Limoges. But the city is most famous for the beautiful porcelain that is made from kaolin, a rock rich in fine, white clay. Limoges porcelain became famous during the 19th century and today, more than 50% of all porcelain made in France comes from Limoges. Unfortunately, all of the kaolin mines around Limoges have been exhausted and todays workshops survive mainly on the tourist trade.
There are also many historic sites worthy of a visit in Limoges. Specifically, there is the The Crypt of Saint Martial (10th century), where the tomb of the bishop who evangelized the city is located. Also visit the remains of the Gallo-Roman amphitheater, one of the largest in the ancient Gaul. The Gothic cathedral of St-Etienne took over 600 years to build and boasts a partly octagonal bell tower. Also worth a visit is the Bishops' Palace (17th century), where the chapel is all that remains of the original building. If you are taking a stroll through the city, be sure to stop by the bridges of Saint Martial (dating from the Roman era) and of St-Etienne (13th century).