Villefranche-sur-Saône

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Villefranche-sur-Saône
A general view of Villefranche-sur-Saône
A general view of Villefranche-sur-Saône
Coat of arms of Villefranche-sur-Saône
Coat of arms
Location of Villefranche-sur-Saône
Villefranche-sur-Saône is located in France
Villefranche-sur-Saône
Villefranche-sur-Saône
Villefranche-sur-Saône is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Villefranche-sur-Saône
Villefranche-sur-Saône
Coordinates: 45°59′00″N 4°43′00″E / 45.9833°N 4.7167°E / 45.9833; 4.7167Coordinates: 45°59′00″N 4°43′00″E / 45.9833°N 4.7167°E / 45.9833; 4.7167
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentRhône
ArrondissementVillefranche-sur-Saône
CantonVillefranche-sur-Saône
IntercommunalityVillefranche-Beaujolais-Saône
Government
 • MayorBernard Perrut (UMP)
Area
1
9.48 km2 (3.66 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
37,783
 • Density4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
69264 /69400
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Villefranche-sur-Saône (French pronunciation: ​[vilfʁɑ̃ʃ syʁ son]; Arpitan: Velafranche) is a commune in the Rhône department in eastern France.

It lies 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the Saône River, and is around 25 kilometres (16 mi) north of Lyon. The inhabitants of the town are called Caladois.

Notable people[edit]

From 1892 to 1897, later Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin attended school in the city; the popular French singers Coralie Clément and Benjamin Biolay, as well as football player hopeful Grégory Bettiol and actor and cellist Maurice Baquet were born in the town.

History[edit]

Villefranche-sur-Saône was founded in 1212 by Guichard IV, count of Beaujeu (Arpitan: Bôjor/Biôjœr), and became in the 14th century the capital of the Beaujolais (Arpitan: Biôjolês) province,[2] it endured three sieges in the 15th and 16th centuries. The town walls were taken down early in the 19th century.

Economy[edit]

Industries include wine-trading, metallurgy, textiles, and chemicals.

Buildings[edit]

The church of Notre-Dame des Marais, begun at the end of the 14th and finished in the 16th century, has a tower and spire (rebuilt in 1862), standing to the right of the 15th century façade, in which are carved wooden doors.[2]

Sport[edit]

FC Villefranche is based in the town.

Transport[edit]

The Autoroute du Sud (the principal road from Paris to the south of France) is adjacent to the east of the town, running alongside the Saône.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Villefranche-sur-Saône" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 77.

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