| Share


Villefranche-sur-Saône (vēlfräNshˈ-sür-sōn) [key], town (1990 pop. 29,889), Rhône dept., E central France, on the Morgon River. Its industries include weaving, cotton dyeing, and the manufacture of clothing and metal goods. The town is also a river port and the trade center for Beaujolais wine made in the region. Villefranche-sur-Saône was founded in 1212 and became capital of Beaujolais in the 14th cent. Points of interest include the Church of Notre-Dame-de-Marais (12th–16th cent.) and several Renaissance houses.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: French Political Geography

Premium Partner Content
HighBeam Research
Documents Images and Maps Reference
(from Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Newswires, Transcripts and Books)

Research our extensive archive of more than 80 million articles from 6,500 publications.

Additional search results provided by HighBeam Research, LLC. © Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring