Ile Barbe is a charming island on the river Saône and the only inhabited island in Lyon

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Ile Barbe, Lyon

Ile Barbe is a charming island on the river Saône and the only inhabited island in Lyon.

Ile Barbe is a charming island on the river Saône and the only inhabited island in Lyon. In the 5th century, one of the first monasteries in Gaul was founded there, with a library set up by Charlemagne. It became a powerful Benedictine abbey from the 9th century but was finally ruined in 1526 by Protestants, during the religious wars. Today only the Romanesque Notre-Dame survives of the 3 previous churches here. The island also has other old buildings in a quiet and green environment. The suspension bridge was built in 1827.















About Ile Barbe

 Place Notre Dame de l'Île Barbe, 69009 Lyon, France

Ile Barbe and Nearby Sights on Map

Jardin Rosa Mir

The Jardin Rosa Mir in the Croix Rousse quarter was built by a Spanish refugee Jules Senis, and dedicated to his mother

Mur des Canuts

Le Mur des Canuts on Boulevard des Canuts is an extensive trompe-l'oeil fresco dedicated to the history and typical architecture of the Croix-Rousse hill which was traditionally inhabited by canuts or silk workers

Marche de la Croix Rousse

The Marche de la Croix Rousse is a popular local market hosting about 120 official vendors that sell freshly picked produce, meat, processed foods from Lyonnaise sausages to a variety of delightful cheese and wine

Montée de la Grande Côte

The Montée de la Grande Côte is steep street in the Croix Rousse quarter connecting the Terreaux quarter to the Plateau de la Croix Rousse

Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules

The Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules is a Roman theatre from 19 BC that marks the place where the first Christian martyrs of Gaul were thrown to the lions in 177 AD

Rhône Banks

The right bank of the river Rhône has a 5-km promenade with various landscapes and great views over the Croix-Rousse and Presqu'Ile areas

Lyon Hôtel de Ville

The 17th century City Hall on Place des Terreaux has a strikingly beautiful facade, which is radiantly illuminated at night

Place des Terreaux

The Place des Terreaux is a large square in the heart of Lyon in the Presqu'ile district

Musée des Beaux-Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts housed in the former Palais Saint-Pierre displays a fine collection of European paintings from the 14th to mid-20th century

Place Sathonay

Place Sathonay is a charming neighbourhood square in Croix Rousse with old chestnut trees