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Limousin is one of the 27 administrative regions of France. It is composed of three departments namely Correze, Creuse, and Haute-Vienne, and is considered one of the smallest regions in the country. The region is situated largely in the Massif Central, with only 742,771 inhabitants (2010). It forms part of the southwest of France, and is bordered by the regions of Centre to the north, Poitou-Charentes and Aquitaine to the west, Midi-Pyrenees to the south, and Auvergne to the east. Limousin is also part of Occitania. 

Limousin is one of the traditional provinces of France with a history reaching back to Celtic and Roman times. It lies in the foothills of the western edge of the Massif Central, with cold weather during the winter. Its name is derived from the name of a Celtic tribe, Lemovices. During the third century, Saint Martial evangelised the region, and became the first Bishop of Limoges; then by the 10th century, Limousin was divided in many seigneuries, which is an essential element of a feudal society. The most important were the vicomtes of Limoges, Comborn, Ventadour, and Turenne, which are located in the southern part of the region. The northernmost part of the region belonged to the County of La Marche, while the bishops of Limoges controlled most of present-day Haute-Vienne. Such fragmentations evoked the construction of many castles, further promoting division to the region, and whose ruins still run memories of the said period. Some time after, the region was reconstituted during the Fifth Republic, as part of the French government's decentralisation efforts. 

 

What to see & do

Tourism wise, Limousin presents itself as a picturesque region filled with centuries-old chateaux, greens, and historically-important sites. 

Musee du President Jacques Chirac – The Musee du President Jacques Chirac, commonly known as the Musee du Septennat, is a museum located in Sarran in the French department of Correze, a part of Limousin. It houses the collection of objects offered to Jacques Chirac during his presidency, a library, and a space for temporary exhibitions. It was designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, and is inaugurated by Jacques Chirac in December of 2000. 

Limoges Cathedral – The Limoges Cathedral is a Gothic-Roman Catholic cathedral and a national monument of France, situated in Limoges. It is the seat of the Bishop of Limoges, and is one of the iconic sites in the region. The construction of the cathedral began in 1273, but it was only finished in 1888 when the nave was connected to the bell tower. It is noted for its Renaissance rood loft built in 1534, and for the fine, partly octagonal bell tower. The cathedral contains two Renaissance works: a loft custom made by Bishop John Langeac, and the tomb of the same – on which carved scenes of the Apocalypse, inspired by Durer, can be found. The walls of the Romanesque crypt also have beautiful frescoes representing Christ in glory. The cathedral of Limoges has two organs, with the first called Hauptwerk, inaugurated in 1963, while the other is called the Choir organ, installed in 1850. Apart from being one of the oldest surviving cathedrals with beautiful facades and interiors, the cathedral is also known for its glorious features especially during the night – all lighted up with tungsten and mounted on an elevated surface. 

Chateau de Montburn – The Chateau de Montburn is one of the many castles in Limousin, in the Haute-Vienne department of the region. It was built between the 12th and 15th centuries, and was restored in the late 19th century. The castle stands within a deep valley, with a function to defend the borders of the Duchy of Aquitaine. Though rebuilt in the 15th century, it still has the moat, high walls, and a square keep topped with machicolations. The castle is a fine example of a 15th century castles: flanked in the corners with round towers that is protected by water.

 

How to get around within Limousin

Cars and bicycles are the main modes of transport in the area. Public transport is not that popular, with the exception of a few buses which connect Limousin to the other regions. 

 

How to get there

Travellers who would want to visit the region may land on either the Brive-Souillac Airport or to the Limoges-Bellegarde Airport. Both airports are connected to Paris (the capital of France), which is the main point of entry to the country. Airlines that travel to the airports include Air France, CityJet, Europe Airpost, Ryanair, Flybe, and others. Note that some airlines only provide seasonal flights to both these airports, so make sure to check schedules first. 

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