City of Antoine Pinay, Alain Prost and Ravachol, Saint-Chamond is said to have been born from a guard post of one of the Roman aqueducts supplying Lugdunum (Lyon). Capital of the Jarez, it was a very important lordship in the region. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Melchior Mitte de Chevrière, close to the king, left his mark on the city. Several buildings classified as Historic Monuments date from this period: the Canons' house, the Hôtel-dieu, Saint-Pierre church. Of the castle demolished in 1792, only the stables remain. The city is best known for its industrial past, which began with the establishment of silk workshops in the 16th century. In the 19th century, Saint-Chamond underwent a major expansion, thanks to the large textile, metal, dyeing and armament industries, and in 1880 became the world capital of yachting. In the 1970s, the crisis forced an economic redeployment. Building on its industrial tradition, Saint-Chamond has succeeded in diversifying. Today, while the face of the city has changed, Saint-Chamond is working to improve the living environment of its inhabitants and to open up new perspectives.

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