|Community association||Villefranche Beaujolais Saône|
|surface||9.48 km 2|
|Residents||36,857 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||3,888 inhabitants / km 2|
Villefranche on the Saône
Villefranche-sur-Saône ( Arpitan Velafranche ) is a French municipality with 36,857 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Rhône in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes . It is the administrative seat of the arrondissement of Villefranche-sur-Saône and the canton of Villefranche-sur-Saône . The inhabitants of the city are called caladois (es) .
Villefranche is the largest agglomeration in Beaujolais , which is why it is sometimes called Villefranche-en-Beaujolais . The city is located 25 km north of Lyon and is mainly known to tourists as the southern toll station (Péage) of the A6 autoroute . Villefranche-sur-Saône station is on the Paris – Marseille line .
Guichard IV , lord of Beaujeu , founded Villefranche-sur-Saône in 1212 on the site of the village of La Calade. In the 14th century the settlement became the capital of Beaujolais . As punishment for an act of violence perpetrated on the mayor's daughter, Édouard II. De Beaujeu das Beaujolais had to cede to the Duke of Bourbon. Villefranche-sur-Saône was besieged three times during the 15th and 16th centuries. At the beginning of the 19th century, the city walls were finally torn down.
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- The Place des Marais
- Notre-Dame des Marais church, 13th (Romanesque bell tower) and 16th (facade) centuries.
- The Paul Dini Museum
- Théodore Chabert , Revolutionary General
- Claudius Crozet (1789–1864), civil engineer
- Benoît-Marie Langénieux (1824–1905), Archbishop of Reims and Cardinal
- Pierre Montet (1885–1966), Egyptologist
- Maurice Baquet (1911–2005), actor, athlete and musician
- Roger Fessaguet (1931-2014), cook
- Raymond Depardon (* 1942), director, journalist, photographer
- Georges Belaubre (* 1944), triathlete
- Christian Lavieille (* 1965), motorcycle racer and rally driver
- Gaël Morel (* 1972), actor and director
- Benjamin Biolay (* 1973), singer and actor
- Coralie Clément (* 1978), singer
- Grégory Bettiol (* 1986), football player
- Alexandre Péclier , rugby player