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Colors of Limoges - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Flaherty Limoges is often called the cradle of fire arts; such an unusual name is due to the fact that in the Middle Ages the most original and unique types of crafts have flourished in the city. One of them is production of pitted enamel. In the 15th century, local enamellers have made dishes and decorations of incredible beauty. Traders from different countries came here in search of outlandish product that hadn’t been found in any other city in the world. Masters decorated with enamel their candlesticks, boxes, dishes and even book bindings. Portraits and paintings with biblical motifs that literally valued its weight in gold were works of art. Outlandish craft glorified Limoges. Today, crafts of famous artists can be seen in well-known museums of Paris.
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The process of enamel production was called a fire craft, because it requires the use of high temperatures. To create elaborate patterns masters had to smelt copper and colored glass, which are then filled with special notches on different products. This technique allows not only the finest work, but also makes products resistant to damage. Enamel made by high temperatures has been very solid, so crafts could remain intact for many centuries.
Enamel production has flourished until the 18th century, and then gave way to other unique craft, making porcelain. This activity also falls into the category of fire crafts, so it has further strengthened the status of the city. The emergence of crafts was associated with a deposit of special white clay that has been found in the immediate vicinity of Limoges in the second half of the 18th century. Locals didn’t figure out the secret of the unique clay immediately and initially used it as a regular soap for washing clothes. Copyright
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Later, craftsmen began to make beautiful clay crockery. Limoges porcelain differs with range of unique qualities. All items are completely free of any defects, and porcelain has an extremely beautiful shade. As a consequence, another interesting national craft has emerged. It was painting on porcelain. Together folk craftsmen managed to produce a truly unique masterpieces. Crafts and kitchenware of porcelain remain the most popular souvenirs for foreign travelers till these days.
Limoges - Sunset reflection As for festivals taking place in Limoges, it is worth highlighting several ones deserving the attention of every tourist. The most famous event, for which many theatergoers visit the city, is held in late September - early October. Of course, this is the Festival des Francophonies praising French language and culture. Spectacular theater and dance shows, music concerts, and exhibitions are available to the audience. And all this happens in a warm friendly atmosphere, which makes it impossible not to enjoy the offered events. The festival takes place in various cultural institutions of the city so it's recommended to follow the news and posters at this time.
Limoges is the warmest city of France. It is famous by its porcelain and ceramic items of XIX century, by splendid local applied art, the basis of which is in the creation of coated ware … Open
For travelers with little tourists, it would be interesting to visit Limoges at the end of May, when such a colorful festival as the Marché de Pâques takes place in Jardin d'Orsay along with Easter. Colorful parades of people dressed in children's favorite heroes are organized for kids, interesting competitions are held in the markets. Before Easter, young travelers are always delighted with another holiday - namely, Kaolin et Barbotine, during which kids can learn many interesting things at Centers Culturels Municipaux. Besides workshops, children can enjoy contests, exhibitions, stories, conferences, and seminars. Many of the events organized are free of charge.
Limoges - Misty Vienne Another event widely celebrated in Limoges and throughout the world is Halloween. The route of the parade participants dressed as vampires, witches, and ghosts passes through the central streets of the city. Restaurants and cafes offer themed menus and parties are organized in bars and clubs. Might seem like the holiday is no different from Halloween in other cities, however, in Limoges, it is celebrated on a very large scale (thus, about thirty thousand people visit the French city during the festival every year). Before Halloween, in mid-October, the city hosts two gastronomic festivals - Toques et Porcelaine and Frairie des Petits Ventres. Each one deserves a visit and allows to get acquainted with the rich gastronomic culture of the city and the region.
Vacationers with children in Limoges will be interested in visiting the water park L’Aquapolis. This is an indoor park available for recreation at any time of the year. The water park … Open
The end of June is traditionally marked by Urbaka Street Culture Festival. The event lasts for 4 days, during which one can see art exhibitions on the central streets of the city and admire some magnificent theater performances. Before the summer solstice on June 22-24 (Jour de St. John), colorful events are organized on the waterfront and in parks along the Vienne River (from Quai Saint-Martial to Pont Saint-Étienne). These include sports competitions, contests, art exhibitions, theatrical shows. Spectacular fireworks become a culmination of the festival. It is also worth noting that on Fridays in July and August local clubs and bars invite musicians playing live music in different genres - from rock and blues to folk and French chanson.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Limoges
♥   Cathédrale Saint-Étienne, Limoges, 2.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique-Cathédrale Saint-Front, Périgueux, 84.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Saint-Étienne-de-la-Cité, Périgueux, 85.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Limoges
♥   Castle 'Château de Châlucet' Haute-Vienne, 13.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Lastours' Haute-Vienne, 24.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Châlus-Chabrol' Haute-Vienne, 30.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Brigueuil' Charente, 32.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Rochechouart' Haute-Vienne, 33.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Rochebrune' Charente, 36.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Montbrun' Haute-Vienne, 36.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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