Brive-la-Gaillarde is a major rail junction and the nearest thing to an industrial centre for miles around. Nevertheless, it has an attractive old town and makes an agreeable base for exploring the Corrèze département and its beautiful villages, as well as the upper reaches of the Vézère and Dordogne rivers. Numerous streets fan out from the central square, place du Général-de-Gaulle, which is home to a number of turreted and towered houses, some dating back to the thirteenth century.

 

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