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Situated along the banks of the Vienne River, Limoges is the capital of the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region of west-central France. With a history dating back to the Roman Empire, the city is well-known for its enamel-covered copper artwork and its 19th-century porcelain. Founded by Emperor Augustus around 10 BC (the city was originally called Augustoritum), present-day Limoges is a patchwork of different settlements whose histories intertwine over the centuries.
The centre of Limoges, a short drive from the Kyriad Limoges South Hotel, was a fortified settlement which protected early inhabitants from invasions by neighbouring peoples. The construction of the Abbey of Saint Martial in the 9th century drew more settlers to the city, while the Abbey’s large library helped transform Limoges into an artistic hub in the 11th century. The Castle of Saint Martial became one of the city’s main population centres in the 13th century.