Tower building on the side of the Saône river
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Michel Chapas (UMP)|
|Area1||6.83 km2 (2.64 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,300/km2 (8,600/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||69202 / 69110|
|Elevation||170–322 m (558–1,056 ft)
(avg. 311 m or 1,020 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
It is an industrial town only 5 km (3.1 mi) from the center of Lyon, (the second largest city in France) but is a community in its own right. The town grew as a haven from the industry of Lyon, as it is set high above the city, and there are some panoramas of Lyon and the surrounding area, notably from a park known as the 'Esplanade de Lichfield'.
Lyon is said to be the city of three rivers - the Rhône and Saône rivers which converge there - and the Beaujolais wine. Sainte Foy's finest historic asset is remains of a Roman aqueduct and there is a fine seminary, steep narrow walled streets, parks and gardens, and squares in the town center.
Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon is twinned with
- Frédéric Kanouté, Malian-French footballer And Florian Maurice, French footballer
- Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, novelist & playwright
- Alexis Carrel, surgeon, biologist and eugenicist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912
- Isabelle Patissier, world champion rock climber and rally driver
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