Capital of the Loire department, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Saint-Étienne, "Sainté" for regular visitors, is a student destination and stamped by UNESCO "creative city for design". Former industrial capital of Europe (19th century), the city was the cradle, in the last century, of many innovations that changed the world. The first railway line was laid and one of the first trams was installed. Manufrance and its catalogue, a pioneer in mail order sales, was created there. The water wheel, an energy source on an industrial scale, was invented in Saint-Étienne... It is a heritage that still testifies to this today through the city's neighbourhoods. But today is the era of design in Saint-Étienne. You should see the Hôtel des ingénieurs and the fresco of La pince à dents qui fait rire, the Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, the Mine Muséum and the Musée d'Art moderne, the Cité du design and the Manufacture creative district. It is necessary to be on the lookout for contemporary works of art that adorn the city. Look for Philippe Million's multi-coloured Tree, Assan Smati's Blue Horses. Stock up on local products at Halles Mazerat. The renovated Place de l'Hôtel de Ville gives a new character to the city centre. A getaway from Mont Pilat, nearby, is a must during a stay in Stephan. In the meantime, walk through one of the city's green spaces, sit on the terrace of a café, take the time to choose a good restaurant. Your favorite tour guide will help you do this.

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When to go to Saint-Étienne? A student, commercial, cultural and dynamic city, Saint-Étienne can be visited all year round. Choose spring and autumn, as summer can be hot and winter very cold. In addition, there are many tourists in summer and prices tend to rise in both accommodation and restaurants. However, the end-of-year celebrations offer magnificent decorations and magical entertainment. All year round, cultural events are available: Winter Jazzeries in January, Burlesque Arts in February, Lyrics and Music, Book Festival in October and Sainte-Barbe in December. As for the Saint-Étienne International Design Biennale, it takes place in odd years, during one month in April/May

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Saint-Étienne, découverte d'une ville référence du design

Saint-Etienne and design has a long and ever-growing history. In 2010, Saint-Étienne joined Montreal, Shanghai, Berlin, Seoul and Buenos Aires in the prestigious circle of cities designated by UNESCO as "Creative City of Design". This title refers to the role it played in France during the industrial revolution, but also to its infrastructures, its development, the events held there and its dynamism. What if an urban stroll in ...

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The Biennial of Singular and Innovative Arts is a wonderful time dedicated to art in various forms, with unusual exhibitions taking place in some thirty venues in the metropolis of Saint-Etienne. To discover the artists and their work far from the academic rules of creation, you have to go to the spaces used to host exhibitions, but also to places of everyday life such as bars and tearooms. In total, more than 90 artistic worlds are on offer ...