Roubaix is a French city of 100 thousand inhabitants, situated in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region. The twinning agreement between the cities was concluded on November 21 1993. The subject of the agreement was to develop partnership relationships in the following areas:
1. municipal administration - by sharing information on organization and operation of municipal services.
2. environmental protection – by sharing experiences in the field of air, water and soil conservation.
3. culture – through getting a better knowledge of the cultural environment of both cities and organisation of exhibitions, spectacles and concerts.
4. sport and tourism – by mutual familiarisation with the organizations which promote tourism development and by organizing sports events.
Similarly to Sosnowiec, Roubaix is a city which has been constantly changing its face. In the past it was an industrial city with a predominance of textile factories and mining industry. Today it's a city of new economic opportunities, a city that along with changing its architectural image, has transformed the way of living and perception of its residents.
Roubaix is the first city of the Lille metropolitan area, which, in 2001, in recognition of its original and rich 19th and 20th century architectural heritage, was conferred the title of the „City of Art and Culture” by the Minister of Culture.
However the visitors will not find here any historical fortifications or Renaissance masterpieces. The monuments of Roubaix are mainly of industrial character, as in the past the city was a capital of the textile industry. Proud of its industrial history, the city of Roubaix was able to preserve, restore and bring new life to its unusual historical heritage.
The city enjoyed economic development during the reign of Pierre and Jean de Roubaix, and in 1469 received a royal charter to manufacture textiles, which resulted in the establishment of many loom workshops. The industrial revolution from the beginning of the 19th century brought many changes in the process of textile manufacturing, imposing concentration of the production process within large workshops or factories. The industrial triumph of that period might be reflected in Roubaix monuments, such as the Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville) built in 1911, the Saint-Martin neo-Gothic church, the Motte-Bossut factory, a former swimming pool (Piscine) or Barbieux Park – valued for its unusual character and belle époque charm. A solution for the textile industry crisis, faced by Roubaix at the beginning of the 20th century, was a modern trade - which turned the city into pioneers of mail-order shopping and establishment of retail networks, with the application of modern information and innovative technologies, relating to the textile industry.
Today Roubaix turns to the future, bearing in mind its remarkable history, which the city wishes to preserve and bring to life by establishing the Archives of the World of Labour (Centre des Archives du Monde du Travail), Swimming pool – The Museum of Art and Industry (Piscine-Musée d'Art et d'Industrie) or the Jacquard Museum (Manufacture des Flandres-musée du jacquard).
LOCATION: France, Nord Pas de Calais Region
POPULATION: 100000 inhabitants
ECONOMY: modern trade (mail-order shopping, retail networks using information technologies)
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: Museum of Art, Museum of Industry, Saint – Martin Church, numerous former industrial buildings, Barbieux Park , Roubaix – Paris bicycle race
TWIN CITIES: Prato (Italy), Covilha (Portugal), Verviers (Belgium), Bradford (Great Britain), Münchengladbach (Germany), Skopje (Macedonia), Sosnowiec (Poland)
DATE OF CONCLUSION OF THE TWINNING AGREEMENT WITH SOSNOWIEC: June 9 2006
łości historycznej, którą pragnie pielęgnować i ożywiać tworząc Archiwa Świata Pracy (Centre des Archives du Monde du Travail), Pływalnię - Muzeum Sztuki i Przemysłu (Piscine-Musée d'Art et d'Industrie) czy Muzeum Żakardu (Manufacture des Flandres-musée du jacquard).