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Limoges, France

Limoges is located in north-central France in the region of Limousin. Its inhabitants are called Limougeauds.

CITY LEADERSHIP

Mayor: Alain RODET

The city council is composed of 55 members (including members of the City Council.)

HISTORY

Limoges is a city of porcelain and glazes that were produced here for the French upper class for centuries.

Although it was founded by the Romans as early as the last decade BC, the greatest development was recorded in the 13th century AD, mainly due to the local bishopric.

With the bishopric already established and the discovery of kaolin deposits nearby, the town began to develop porcelain and mosaics. This business provided the city with a graceful and charming beauty. Traces of the merchant craft can be seen all over the city, the dominant feature being a fountain adorned with a porcelain mosaic.

GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHY

Limoges is a city in midwestern France, and is the seat of the department prefecture of Haute Vienne and the Limousin region of Administration. It is situated on the Vienne River, 220 kilometers northeast of Bordeaux and about 400 km south of Paris.

POPULATION: 137,502 (as of 2005)

LOCATION: Midwest France

AREA: 7942 ha (680 ha green)

POPULATION: 137,502 (as of 2005)

CLIMATE:  Limousin is a region in the central part of France and is rightly called the green heart of France. It is a land of trees, water and clean air. This region is located on the western slopes of the volcanic Central Highlands (Massif Central) and almost all of its territory is covered by forests,  interlaced by rivers  and dotted with mirror lakes.

ECONOMY

Limoges is famous thanks to porcelain and glaze, but the city's name is also linked with electronics, ceramics, paper and leather.

EDUCATION (SCHOOL IMPORTANT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE)

The University of Limoges is one of the most respected universities in France. It consists of five faculties and three institutes:

  • Faculty of Law and Economics
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Science
  • Institute of Public Administration
  • Institute of Technology
  • Professional Institute

CULTURE AND TOURISM

Since 2008, the city of Limoges has been called a "City of Art and History."

The most famous cultural facilities of the city are:
- Francophone media library
- number of museums
- Conservatory

Residents and visitors can take advantage of several cultural centers.

SPORT

The city of Limoges organizes every Wednesday sports afternoon. Children aged 4-11 years are welcome to learn about free sports, such as swimming, gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, table tennis and badminton. In the city there are several recreational centers where you can sign up for sports courses throughout the year.

ATTRACTIONS (WITH PICTURES)

The city is famous for its large number of monuments, of which the best known are:

- the birthplace of A. Renoir
- The National Museum Adriana Dubouche
- St.Stephen's Cathedral
- Botanical Garden
- Municipal Museum of glazes and enamels
- Chapel of St. Aurelian
- Bernardaud manufactory, Studio Mosaics

TRADITIONAL EVENTS CITY PARTNERSHIP

January-February:
- Biennial Dance

March-April:
- Celebration of books, Carnival

May:
- Traditional Fair at Saint-Loup, fair
- An exhibition presenting the city of Limoges and Limousin region

June:
- Music Festival

July-August:
- Exhibitions, folklore performances

September:
- Heritage Day
- Festival "Les Francophonies en Limousin"

October-November:
- Gastronomic feast of "La Frairie des Petits Ventres"
- Jazz festival "Les d'Eclats Email"

December:
- Traditional markets "Saints-Innocents"

CITY PARTNERS OF LIMOGES

  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
  • Fürth, Germany
  • Grond, Belarus
  • Limoges, Ontario, Canada
  • Pilsen, Czech Republic
  • Seto, Japan
  • Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

HISTORY OF PILSEN – LIMOGES RELATIONS

Partnership agreement between Pilsen and Limoges was signed in 1966. It was renewed on 6 June 1987 and the two cities wrote an agreement on the development of relations and cooperation on 13 April 1999.

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Published: 2017-11-30, Martin Pecuch