At the centre of this spread-out provincial capital are two separate medieval quarters, the picturesque area of La Cité around the Gothic cathedral, and a few hundred metres away, the more vivacious Château (or Motte) quarter of charming streets and lanes around the former marketplace. Modern boulevards and squares surround the old districts. The focal point is Place de la République. For anyone interested in porcelain Limoges is the place to be, with shops and museums devoted to the subject. Limoges contains many surprises, such as the palatial 1920s railway station, and the La Regle subterranean tunnels. All around town, perfect for drives and walks, is the Limousin, an unspoiled, rustic region of woods, green meadows and rough pasture, simple cottages, flocks of sheep and beefy Limousin cattle.