FRANCE LIMOUSIN CORREZZE Brive-la-Gaillarde Tourism Office

At at the crossroads of Bas-Limousin, Brive-la-Gaillarde (pop 49,900) functions as the region’s major railway junction. With regular trains departing to numerous regional towns, Brive-la-Gaillarde has also taken up the responsibility of acting as the main commercial centre of the Corréze department. It is the biggest commune in Corréze (though not the capital) and is known for its sporting culture (especially rugby), as well as its bustling weekly marketplaces which function along place du 14 Julliet. Brive-la-Gaillarde is also an excellent base for exploring the rest of the region’s beautiful villages and rivers. However, the city itself is short on commanding sights.


FRANCE LIMOUSIN CORREZZE Brive-la-Gaillarde Collegiale St-MartinThe Collegiale St-Martin [24 rue St-Martin, +33 555175400] is an 11th century Romanesque structure that stands in the heart of the city. Time has taken its toll on the church and the only remaining bits of the original building are the transept and the Biblically decorated columns.

The Musée Labenche [26 bis, boulevard Jules Ferry, +33 555181770 ad/ch €4.70/Free] was founded in 1883 with the aim of documenting the long history of the Corréze department. Its collections have been growing steadily since then, and it is most noted for possessing the Debussy’s piano and the original 17th century tapestries from the Mortlake workshops.

For almost two centuries, the l’eau de noix (walnut liqueur) has been the Corréze department’s favourite; and this concoction is still being brewed in a traditional distillery in Brive-la-Gaillarde. The Maison Denoix Distellery [9, boulevard du Maréchal Lyaute, +33 555743427 Free] was founded in 1839 and has been brewing genuine walnut liqueur since then.  Today, the distillery has expanded itself to try its hands more creative options, such as chocolate liqueur, quince liqueur and curaço. It has also opened its doors to visitors who are interested in exploring a traditional 19th century distillery with much of its old components (such as copper cauldrons and tuns) intact. Guided tours are available.



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BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE:   1.  Tourism Office  2. Train station (south of map limits)  3. Collegiale St-Martin  4. Musée Labenche  5. Maison Denoix Distellery