Saint-Étienne is a city in east-central France. The Museum of Modern Art shows international works. The Couriot Mine Museum explores the town's industrial past with artifacts and a reconstructed mine. Southwest, in Firminy, the Le Corbusier Site, designed by the namesake architect, includes a stadium and the asymmetrical Maison de la Culture. Southeast, rugged Pilat Natural Park is home to woodpeckers and beavers.
France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux?s ancient cave drawings, Lyon?s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.