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Lyon (Lyons in English) is the third largest city in France and the second largest metropolitan area in the country. It is the capital of the Rhone-Alpes region and the Rhône départment. It is known as a gastronomic and historical city with a vibrant cultural scene. It is also the birthplace of cinema. Founded by the Romans, attested to by its numerous preserved historical areas, Lyon is the archetype of the heritage city, as recognized by UNESCO. Long seen as a dreary, grey city, partly because of urban planning errors such as building motorways right through the city centre, Lyon is now a vibrant metropolis which has begun to make the most out of its unique architectural, cultural and gastronomic heritage as well as its dynamic demographics and economy and its strategic location between Northern and Southern Europe. It is more and more open to the world, with an increasing number of students and international events: the Festival of Lights, the Nuits de Fourvière Festival, Nuits sonores and the Biennals.