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Limoges is a city and commune in west central France. It is both the capital of the Haute-Vienne department as well as the administrative capital of the Limousin region. Stemming back from the 19th century the city is best known today for its porcelain as well as its medieval enamels on copper and for its oak barrels, which are used for Cognac production.
Limoges was a part of the ancient Roman Empire and would go on to be taken over by the Germans before eventually the French gained control of the city. It first began to flourish in the ninth century with the construction of numerous religious sites. At the end of the 18th century the French Revolution took place in the area and many of its historical sites were destroyed. This turned out to be a positive thing though because the people of Limoges were forced to rebuild their lives. In doing so they discovered the porcelain industry, creating a niche for themselves in the industrialized world which is what the area is best known for today.