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.
Place Notre Dame de l'Île Barbe, 69009 Lyon, France
Ile Barbe and Nearby Attractions on Map
Parc de la Tête d'Or(2.8 km)
Completed in 1862, the 115-hectare English-style Parc de la Tete d'Or or Park of the Golden Head is one of the largest and most beautiful urban parks in France.
Mur des Canuts(2.2 km)
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.
Rhône Banks(2 km)
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.
Marche de la Croix Rousse(2.6 km)
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.
Jardin Rosa Mir(1.9 km)
The Jardin Rosa Mir in the Croix Rousse quarter was built by a Spanish refugee Jules Senis, and dedicated to his mother.
Musée d'Art Contemporain(2.1 km)
The Museum of Contemporary Art only holds temporary exhibitions by national and international artists, which are often very interesting and popular.
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