The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #6 November / December 2013
Where Are You?
by Sonja Krüger
November / December 2013 | 

This European city is the meeting point of two rivers. Originally founded as a Roman colony, it quickly became the capital of three Roman provinces. After the introduction of Christianity, it became the major religious center. It was incorporated into the Holy Roman Empire in 1032. A later archbishop developed it slowly into a strong economic port of trade between countries.

The flourishing city grew to become a major textile center, but its resistance to a major revolution brought about strong repression. Troops devastated the city at the end of the 18th century, but it recovered quickly due to an invention of the Jacquard loom that revived its industry. Many other major technical and scientific achievements were born here, including the first veterinary school, a steamboat on one of its rivers, and the Cinématographe. During the first half of the 20th century, it became an important industrial center for textiles and chemistry. It later became the capital of the resistance during World War II (1940-44).

Today, it is still a major river port with a diversified economy. It also has many ancient buildings, including a Roman theater, a 12th century partly Roman, partly Gothic Cathedral, and a 15th century old town. Its 1831 opera house has undergone a renovation with the addition of a glass dome to its original carved stone structure. Annual international trade fairs are also held here. Although it came from very humble beginnings, this city grew into and remains a major city of its country.

Can you name this city and country?

Last month's answer: Levuka, Ovalau, Fiji

Where Are You?
Writer: Sonja Krüger
Petey: Mystery picture

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