The “Art and History Town” label ? It is a network of 180 towns which strive to enhance their architectural heritage with guided tours, exhibitions, classes…
Our « Towns and Lands of Art and History » (Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire) strive to present and enhance their remarkable historical and architectural heritage, from the Prehistoric era to the 21st century.
All year long Rochefort, Saintes, Poitiers, Cognac, Royan, Thouars, the Angoumois, Confolentais, Mellois, île de Ré, Parthenay, Montmorillonnais and Châtelleraudais territories organize amazing guided tours, exhibitions and events.
The city of Limoges obtained its "Ville d'Art et d'Histoire" label in 2008..
Tours are organized by Limoges’s Tourist Office in association with the town’s Art and History Services. Limoges was founded in 10BC by the Emperor Augustus. Its history is over 2.000 years old !
Antique vestiges, Art Deco architecture, fire arts (porcelain and enamel have given Limoges an international reputation), museums, parks…, France’s porcelain capital has a rich heritage.
In the Gallo-Roman era, Augustoritum was the town’s name. Limoges’s three museums are a tribute to the skills and know-how of its inhabitants : the Fine Arts Museum, which holds the world’s largest collection of enamel art, the Adrien Dubouché National Porcelain Museum and the Resistance Museum.
Limoges’s monuments and parks are remarkable : Saint-Etienne cathedral, the covered market halls, the Boucherie quarters and their traditional «Frairie des Petites Ventres» Fair (on the 3rd Sunday in October), Bénédictins railway station, BFM multimedia library (Bibliothèque Francophone Multimédia), the Zénith concert venue…
Limoges’s creativity is also expressed through « Fire Arts » : porcelain and enamel have given Limoges its international aura.
Other Lands of Art and History throughout Nouvelle-Aquitaine? Bergerac, Périgueux et Sarlat in Dordogne, where « art de vivre » is a way of life and has been since the Age of Cro-Magnon !
Pays du Grand Villeneuvois in Lot-et-Garonne, typical southwest France, with orchards, rivers and fortified towns.
Bordeaux and La Réole in Gironde, the opportunity to escape to Bordeaux vineyards !
As you head towards the Pyrenees, Bayonne « The Basque » and « Pays de la Baie » : Saint-Jean de Luz – Ciboure for beach fans. Pau and its Pays du Béarn des Gaves (Salies is a must-see!) and the valleys of Pays des Pyrénées béarnaises for mountain fans.