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Eglise St. Michel des Lions, Limoges

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Named for the two majestic stone lions guarding its entrance, Eglise St. Michel des Lions was constructed between the 14th and 16th centuries, resulting in an iconic example of Gothic architecture. The church features a bell representative of the Limousin region and a metal ball crowning its highest peak. Relics of St. Martial, St. Loup, and St. Valerie are contained in a decorative altar that depicts the life and miracles of St. Martial. The church’s rich furnishings include two pietas, two windows depicting the lives of St. John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary, and a statue of St. Valerie. Plan your Eglise St. Michel des Lions visit and explore what else you can see and do in Limoges using our Limoges vacation generator.
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  • It is a beautiful church in the old town of Limoges. Magnificence of stained-glass Windows was fine. I visited after the mass on Sunday, but lingering is also rich in, a feeling of reverence.
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  • The most beautiful and the most homogeneous of the churches of Limoges. To discover its volumes for its furniture as well. St. Valerie is rubs St Martial and can even address a moving prayer to St. Rita, the patron saint of lost causes.
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  • This church is very particular with poles that are not vertical. It is also to St. Michael that are kept the relics of Saint Martial, the first bishop of Limoges and Saint Loup. These relics are of ostensions every seven years. They are then exposed to the devotion of the faithful and the public and walked in procession through the streets of the city. The ostensions limousines have been listed by the Unesco intangible heritage of humanity.
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