Saint-Étienne The Essential
Interesting
Often considered to be an industrial city polluted by its coal mining industry, Saint Étienne provides a good example of successful redevelopment with its whitewashed façades, parks and attractive squares. Without turning its back on its past, the city now aims to become an important centre for design. It is keeping alive the tradition of innovation and creation, started in the 19C by the large industrial companies. The most important of which was the Manufacture des Armes (arms factory).

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Saint-Étienne
Museum of Art and Industry
Museum of Art and Industry
Remodelled by architect Jean-Michel
2:00
Puits Couriot (Musée de la Mine)
Puits Couriot (Musée de la Mine)
This old mine (which operated from 1913
1:30
Gouffre d'Enfer
Gouffre d'Enfer
From the car park of the valley of the
0:30
Saint Étienne Jardin des Plantes
Saint Étienne Jardin des Plantes
From the alleys or better still the
0:30
Museum of old St Etienne
Museum of old St Etienne
There is a map here dating from 1258
1:00
Grand'Église
Grand'Église
This Church, the only example of Gothic
0:15