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Haute Vienne

The Haute Vienne department, located in the heart of the Limousin region, is a treasure trove of cultural, historical, and gastronomic delights. Known for its rich heritage and unique traditions, such as the 'La Frairie des Culs Noirs' festival in Saint Yrieix-la-Perche, the area celebrates its indigenous 'black-bottomed' breed of pigs with grand festivities and sumptuous feasts.

Cultural and Historical Highlights

Limoges, the capital of the Haute Vienne, is a city steeped in history and arts. Founded by the Roman Emperor Augustus, it has been a centre for porcelain and enamel, known as 'arts du feu', since the 12th century. The city is also home to numerous museums and the Bernardaud factory, where visitors can learn about the ancient china-making process. Additionally, the Centre de la Memoire at Oradour-sur-Glane serves as a poignant reminder of the WWII massacre, urging us to remember and learn from the past.

Architectural Heritage

The dominant architectural style in Haute Vienne is Romanesque, evident in the medieval city of St Leonard de Noblat and its superb collegiate church. The Château of the Dukes de Mortemont in Mortemont, one of France's most beautiful villages, is another architectural marvel surrounded by an ancient monastery and two convents.

Gastronomic Delights

The Haute Vienne is a haven for food lovers and culinary adventurers. From the traditional tripe dishes celebrated at the 'Frairie des Petits Ventres' in Limoges to the local real ale brewed at Brasserie St Martial, the area offers a rich variety of culinary experiences. The region is also famous for its artisanal pastries and a wide range of indigenous wines.

Natural Beauty and Sightseeing

For those who love the great outdoors and unique sightseeing experiences, the Haute Vienne has much to offer. Take the Velo-train along the scenic valley of the Dronne or enjoy a leisurely journey on the steam Train Vapeur from Limoges to Ussel, passing through stunning landscapes, gorges, and the Plateau de Millevaches. The region is also home to Mortemont, one of the 'plus beaux villages de France', and St Leonard de Noblat, a fine example of Romanesque art.


The Haute Vienne is easily accessible via various modes of transport. Limoges has its own international airport, offering convenient connections to various European destinations. The well-maintained road network and efficient rail services also make it easy to explore the region.

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