This audio clip tells you about the origins of the town of Saint-Yrieix in the mid-6th century, when Aredius, a Christian evangelist, founded a monastery in this exact location, which then became a cathedral chapter.
In this video, explore the Saint-Yrieix Collegiate Church, the stages of its construction and its architectural features, which have often caused it to be referred to as a quasi-cathedral.
In this interview, Zoé Darsy, head of cultural heritage of the town of Saint-Yrieix, tells the fascinating tale of the head reliquary of Aredius, which was stolen, replicated and replaced, with the original now kept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The replica in front of you is carried in processions during the Limousin ostensions (traditional ceremonies that are held every 7 years).
What is the purpose of this small enamelled chest decorated with angels?
This object is a Eucharistic dove. Do you know the purpose for which it was used?
You are now opposite the ancient ramparts of Saint-Yrieix’s fortified medieval town, which were formed by the walls of houses, creating an inhabited enclosure around the Collegiate Church and the Plô tower. Listen to the audio guide to understand how this organisation functioned.
This ancient home of the cathedral chapter is now home to the Saint-Yrieix House of Heritage. This cultural organisation dedicated to Saint-Yrieix’s porcelain heritage is presented here.
Kaolin, the clay crucial to the production of porcelain, is how the town of Saint-Yrieix made its wealth. Learn about this white gold, from its discovery and extraction to its use in the local area, especially in the Marcognac quarries, which are now classed as Monuments Historiques.
With this audio guide, pause for a few moments to look at the houses that line the Rue des Barris and watch over the commercial hustle and bustle of this street and this quarter, which developed in the area outside the fortified wall.
You are at the entrance to the Place de la Nation, an important centre of Saint-Yrieix life that has had many roles over the centuries. Listen to its story and admire the private mansions surrounding the square.
For what purpose were these old public baths converted after being closed for 30 years?
The Jean-Pierre Fabrègue Cultural Centre was built in 1994 and is classed as Architecture Contemporaine Remarquable (Remarkable Contemporary Architecture). In this video, discover this building and the priceless treasure that it houses: the Saint-Yrieix Bible, a 12th-century work with magnificent illumination.
We’re ending this tour of Saint-Yrieix on a musical note. In this interview, Gaëtan Polteau and Jean-Marc Delaunay introduce you to the mirrored chabrette, the traditional instrument of Limousin and Périgord, as Saint-Yrieix was one of the places where the instrument was produced.