Villefranche-sur-Saône

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Villefranche-sur-Saône
Subprefecture and commune
A general view of Villefranche-sur-Saône
A general view of Villefranche-sur-Saône
Coat of arms of Villefranche-sur-Saône
Coat of arms
Villefranche-sur-Saône is located in France
Villefranche-sur-Saône
Villefranche-sur-Saône
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
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
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Rhône
Arrondissement Villefranche-sur-Saône
Canton Villefranche-sur-Saône
Intercommunality Villefranche-Beaujolais-Saône
Government
 • Mayor Bernard Perrut (UMP)
Area1 9.48 km2 (3.66 sq mi)
Population (2011)2 35,640
 • Density 3,800/km2 (9,700/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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. ^ 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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