With a rich mining and industrial past, the City of Art and History of Saint-Étienne has preserved an important heritage, notably from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The famous Jean-Jaurès square, decorated with a charming bandstand and lined with beautiful buildings such as the cathedral, the town hall and the Prefecture, the lively pedestrian shopping streets of the Saint-Jacques district, the picturesque Place du Peuple square, as well as the numerous museums of the city are just some of the places to be discovered.
The remarkable Modern Art museum - with more than 15 000 works! - houses one of the largest modern and contemporary art collections in France.
Dominated by the silhouette of a pit-head frame and surrounded by two slag heaps, the mine museum, on the site of Couriot mine shaft, takes visitors on a tour of a former mine through places such as the miners' changing room, the lamp room, underground galleries, the extraction room and power room.
Not to be missed either, the Museum of Art and Industry, and the Musée du Vieux Saint-Etienne local history museum.
Every other year in November is held the International Design Biennale, an event dedicated to the world of design and related professions.
Walkers will love the peaceful and unspoiled nature surrounding the town, particularly the nearby Loire gorges and Pilat mountain area.
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