Abbaye St-Pierre de Solignac

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This still-operational 11th-century church is a Romanesque wonder, renowned for its 14m-wide domed roof. The stalls in the nave are decorated with carved wooden sculptures of human heads, fantastical animals and a monk mooning the world, while the columns depict human figures being devoured by dragons.

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1. Parc Zoologique du Reynou


Denizens at this 100-hectare safari park, 4km east of Solignac, include wolves, giraffes, wildebeest, snowy owls and a pair of breeding tigers.

2. Château de Châlucet


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3. Haviland

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4. Musée des Beaux Arts

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6. Jardin de l’Évêché

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Alongside Cathédrale St-Étienne, Limoges’ beautiful botanical garden stretches down towards the river, with super views. Medicinal and toxic herbs have…

7. Cathédrale St-Étienne

5.15 MILES

Built between 1273 and 1888, Limoges’ Gothic cathedral is worth a visit for the Flamboyant-style Portail St-Jean, as well as a glorious rose window, a…

8. Chapelle St-Aurélien

5.18 MILES

Tiny 1475 Chapelle Saint-Aurélien, dedicated to the patron saint of butchers, was acquired and maintained by the butchers' guild.