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The chateau in Sainte-Foy-l'Argentière
The chateau in Sainte-Foy-l'Argentière
Coat of arms of Sainte-Foy-l'Argentière
Coat of arms
Sainte-Foy-l'Argentière is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Sainte-Foy-l'Argentière is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°42′33″N 4°28′16″E / 45.7092°N 4.4711°E / 45.7092; 4.4711Coordinates: 45°42′33″N 4°28′16″E / 45.7092°N 4.4711°E / 45.7092; 4.4711
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Rhône
Arrondissement Lyon
Canton L'Arbresle
Area1 1.54 km2 (0.59 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,238
 • Density 800/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 69201 /69610
Elevation 417–480 m (1,368–1,575 ft)
(avg. 423 m or 1,388 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.

Sainte-Foy-l'Argentière est une commune dans le Rhône department en France France.

It is located about 42 km (26 mi) from Lyon.

The name means "Holy Faith, the silver-producer"; Sainte-Foy is equivalent to the common Spanish place-name Santa Fé, and the reference is to the silver mines around which the village grew.

The village is clustered around a kilometre-long main street ("la grande rue"), rising from the busy crossroads at the bottom to the high school (collège). In the main square, linked to the church, there is a central castle belonging to Family de Fenoyl, a riverside football club and stadium sometimes visited by Olympique Lyonnais in the pre-season, and a sports and entertainment centre (salle polyvalente). A popular antiques fair, which draws in crowds of thousands, is held every September, and there are other annual cultural activities.

The village's traditional and renowned main industry is roof tile manufacturing ("tuilerie").

The writer Bernard Clavel once lived near the village; it is also mentioned in a San-Antonio novel (author Frédéric Dard), and its tiny train station has been featured in various films.

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