The village name comes from the presence of the silver mines that were exploited during the Renaissance.
On the industrial side, Sainte-Foy-l'Argentière has always been innovative. In the 19th century, a porcelain factory was founded by the Marquis de Fenoyl. Thanks to the local clay deposit, our ancestors have made and then cooked in wood ovens, tiles engraved with the name of Sainte-Foy-l'Argentière. It was in 1889 that was created the "Great Tuilerie Rhone" celebrated today throughout Europe.
It was built around 1860 on the site of the old chapel which occupied part of the north wing of the castle.
Note the windows of the transept signed Mauvernay of Alexander and the pair of giant clams that wall are the two valves of a giant clam (shell) from Oceania reported by a missionary father's family Fenoyl the early 20th century.
Located in the village center, it is mentioned in the 15th century in a bill of sale. It was enlarged at different periods, from the hands of several families. It belongs to the family of Fenoyl since 1772. Its large, austere facade is flanked by two towers and a watchtower. In the Middle Ages, there was a moat fed by the Orgeole. We also see loopholes still on the walls, participating in the defensive system.
The black color of the facade is due to the coating that was used: it came from the basement and contained local coal.
In the garden you can see the sculptures very friable form of a lion, unicorn or other "beasts". There are very similar to the Built d'Urfe and the castle of Saint-Marcel-de-Felines.
The Town Hall and the Post:
At the time of construction of the church in the 19th century, were built in part of the castle park, two buildings to serve as home to a younger branch of the family of Fenoyl, while the foremen of the mine were housed in the castle, then in very poor condition.
These buildings and the adjacent park, bought by the town in 1969 and refurbished in 1975, became the Town Hall and Post Office. The park is now the city park.
The High Street:
It's all right, very typical of the mining countries. Seen in the central area of old houses (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries) significantly revised (32 and 60, High Street, Royal Square). In the upper village, align the old terraced houses (late 18th and 19th century) which housed the families of miners of the coal pits. These houses were all built using the same model, according to very strict rules. They all had a well, a garden, a room for storing coal.
The cemetery has several graves features surmounted by a zinc roof made by a craftsman named Prothiere would seem that he influenced Auvergne.
A common well very old (seventeenth or eighteenth century) is still visible on the garden side of Main street, and you can even see the pulley to go up the buckets.
Small picturesque detail when we walk in the gardens Fidesian: the tiles are many uses in the village and it is used even to build walls of separation, for example!
The Tourist train of the Monts du Lyonnais, which operates on Sundays from June to September and between L'Arbresle Sainte-Foy-l'Argentière.
The Mini Train des Monts du Lyonnais, next to the station, is open Sundays from mid-June to late October.
EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS
Organic market (the only Township): Saturday morning in the hall, next to City Hall.
The Flower Market on Ascension Thursday.
Brocan'terre: the third Sunday of September.
Animation Park Mini Train railway Monts du Lyonnais open on Sundays from mid-June to late October.
Circulation of the Tourist Train Brevenne between Sainte-Foy and L'Arbresle Sunday from mid-June to late September.