Villeurbanne
The Essential
The "Villa Urbana" of the Romans may very well adjoin Lyons but it zealously maintains its independence! In the 19C, the silk merchants brought about the first boom, but it was during the 20C that the town's development increased and the skyscraper district was built. Today, the city focuses on culture: in addition to its media library designed by Mario Botta, its Contemporary Art Museum, and Centre for Antique Dealers, the town also boasts a theatre, the Théâtre national populaire