Introduction of Saint-Etienne
Capital city of the Loire department in the SE, in theMassif Central, 31 mi SW of Lyons. With Lyons and Roanne, Saint-Etienne forms the industrial triangleof France and has been known for its textiles since the11th century. Francis I ordered firearms from here inthe 16th century, and the industrial city was not surprisinglythe terminus of the first railroad in France in1827. In addition to a medieval church and abbey,there is a 17th-century cathedral and a palace of artin the city.