Visit Tulle (Limousin, France)
Tulle is the capital (prefecture) of the Correze department, in the Limousin region of France and on the Correze river. Historically the town has been an important centre for lace production, and was the town where the material called tulle - a finely woven material used for wedding veils etc - was invented.
It is in the heart of the attractive and bustling old town around the cathedral that your visit to Tulle will focus, with interesting medieval houses and buildings and a pleasant river frontage to enjoy.
In the open squares and the side streets there are numerous small architectural highlights to discover, such as ornate balconies and carved decorative doorways, along with a couple of particularly fine late-medieval houses such as the Maison de Loyac (an imposing stone house with an ornate entrance and two small towers in Place Gambetta) and the Maison Lauthonie, and an imposing town hall.
The town is built across several hills, so the narrow streets that pass through the town are often replaced by steep staircases. It is along these that you will find much of the medieval character of Tulle, with the balconied houses often featuring architectural highlights such as ornately carved doorways.
Much the most important monument here is Tulle Cathedral, built next to the river in the 12th to 13th centuries and incorporating both roman and gothic style elements. The imposing belltower (with the tallest spire in Limousin) was added after the main cathedral was finished.
Inside the cathedral cloisters the Museum of Traditional Arts has some interesting exhibits, drawn from the history of both the cathedral and from Tulle and the surrounding region, and including religious art and sculpture and examples of the local pottery.
Other monuments you will discover in Tulle include the Church of Saint-Pierre, the Chapel de l'Hopital, and the Palace of Justice (next to the river). Note also the interesting facade of the 19th century theatre as you walk along the riverside through the Place de la Republique.
Not far from Tulle you can visit two other very attractive Limousin towns - Uzerche is an extensive medieval town to the north-west while Argentat is a picturesque town on the Dordogne river to the south-east.
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Address: Tulle, Correze, Limousin, 19000 || GPS: latitude 45.267336, longitude 1.765537
Map of Tulle & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Tulle, France
- Donzenac - village d'etape (19km)
- Uzerche - village d'etape (23km)
- Collonges-la-Rouge - most beautiful village (25km)
- Gouffre de la Fage - site of natural beauty (26km)
- Turenne - most beautiful village (28km)
- Curemonte - most beautiful village (30km)
- Treignac - most beautiful village (30km)
- Carennac - most beautiful village (39km)
- Eglise de Saint Pierre (Carennac) - religious monument (39km)
- Jardins de l'Imaginaire - remarkable garden (40km)
Market days in Tulle: Regular market(s) are held in Tulle each Wednesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Tulle (Francais)