Saint-Etienne, the 7 Hills City, “City of Art and History” and UNESCO “Creative City of Design”
Saint-Etienne was awarded the title of “City of Art and History” in December 2000 by reason of its 19th and 20th centuries’ heritage as well as its industrial heritage.
With the encounter between art and industry, Saint-Etienne is also the place where design was born. For Saint-Etienne, to be a “City of Art and History” means to preserve the existing heritage, to increase its value and to incorporate it into current and future urban planning projects. The city houses 7 museums, including the Modern Art Museum, with one of the largest collections of modern art in France. Three major music stages are offered to the inhabitants: La Comédie de Saint-Etienne, the Opéra-Théâtre de Saint-Etienne (Opera house) and the first Zenith concert hall of the Rhône-Alpes region, which can seat 7,200 people.
The Creative Cities Network was created by the UNESCO to promote the cultural, social and economic development of cities.
Great events give rhythm to Saint-Etienne’s life: the Festival of Books, the International Design and Art Biennial, the Music Festival “Les Sept Collines”, etc.
An open and dynamic region.
Between the Forez mounts, the Pilat regional natural park and the Lyonnais mounts, Saint-Etienne offers a wide diversity of landscapes and activities.
The Rhône-Alpes region is the second economic center in France.