The 'Île Barbe is an island situated in the middle of the Saône, in the 9th arrondissement de Lyon, the quartier Saint-Rambert-l'Île-Barbe . Its name comes from the Latin insula barbara, "Barbarians' Island", suggesting that it was one of the last locales to be occupied .
An abbaye was founded on the island in the 5th century. This was the first monastic establishment in the Lyon region and one of the oldest in all of Gaul. Charlemagne gave it a beautiful library.
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