Roanne

Roanne rôän´ [key], town (1990 pop. 42,848), Loire dept., E central France, on the Loire River. Cotton and metals are the chief products other industries include tanning, machine and vehicle manufacturing, and the spinning of artificial silk. Roanne (then Rodumna) was a crossroads in Gallo-Roman times and was mentioned in ancient geography by Ptolemy. The Joseph-Dechelette Museum, noted for its ancient artifacts, is located in the town. Roanne also has several ruins from the Roman period, as well as remnants of a medieval château and several 15th- and 16th-century houses.

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