Collège Sainte-Barbe

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The Collège Sainte-Barbe is a former school in the 5th arrondissement of Paris
Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region...

, France
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The Collège Sainte-Barbe was founded in 1460 on Montagne Sainte-Geneviève
Montagne Sainte-Geneviève
The Montagne Sainte-Geneviève is a hill on the left Bank of the Seine in the 5th arrondissement of Paris.On the top of the Montagne, one can visit the Panthéon or the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, which is often full of students from La Sorbonne and other nearby universities...

 (Latin Quarter, Paris) by Pierre Antoine Victor de Lanneau, teacher of religious studies. It was until June 1999 the "oldest" college of Paris.

The Barbiste Spirit is kept alive through the Friendly Association of Old Barbistes, founded in 1820, recognized a public society since 1880, which is the oldest association of alumni of France, "l'Association Amicale des Anciens Barbistes".

Former barbists include:

  • Diogo de Gouveia
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  • André de Gouveia
    André de Gouveia
    André de Gouveia was a Portuguese humanist and pedagogue during the Renaissance.André de Gouveia became one of the first Portuguese to study in the Collège Sainte-Barbe, in Paris, which was then directed by his uncle Diogo de Gouveia...

  • Ignace de Loyola
    Ignatius of Loyola
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  • St. François-Xavier (1506–1552)
  • Guillaume Postel
    Guillaume Postel
    Guillaume Postel was a French linguist, astronomer, Cabbalist, diplomat, professor, and religious universalist.Born in the village of Barenton in Basse-Normandie, Postel made his way to Paris to further his education...

  • Achilles Statius
    Achilles Statius
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  • Jean Baptiste Louis Romé de Lisle (1736–1790), founder of Crystallography
  • James Manby Gully
    James Manby Gully
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     (1808–1883), pioneer of hydrotherapy
  • Constantin Costa-Foru
    Constantin Costa-Foru
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     (October 26, 1856 - August 15, 1935)
  • Alfred Dreyfus
    Alfred Dreyfus
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  • Jean Jaurès
    Jean Jaurès
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  • Gustave Eiffel
    Gustave Eiffel
    Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was a French structural engineer from the École Centrale Paris, an architect, an entrepreneur and a specialist of metallic structures...

  • Charles Péguy
    Charles Péguy
    Charles Péguy was a noted French poet, essayist, and editor. His two main philosophies were socialism and nationalism, but by 1908 at the latest, after years of uneasy agnosticism, he had become a devout but non-practicing Roman Catholic.From that time, Catholicism strongly influenced his...

  • the naturalist Michel Adanson
    Michel Adanson
    Michel Adanson was a French naturalist of Scottish descent.Adanson was born at Aix-en-Provence. His family moved to Paris on 1730. After leaving the College Sainte Barbe he was employed in the cabinets of R. A. F. Reaumur and Bernard de Jussieu, as well as in the Jardin des Plantes. At the end of...

  • the physicist and doctor Arsène d'Arsonval (1851–1940)
  • the bishop Felix Dupanloup
    Félix Dupanloup
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  • Bernard Kouchner
    Bernard Kouchner
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     (born 1939)
  • the scenario writers Henri-George Clouzot (1907–1977)
  • and Claude Lelouch (born 1937)
  • the actors Michel Piccoli (born 1925)
  • François Berléand
    François Berléand
    François Berléand is a French actor.Berléand was born in Paris, France of . He plays Gilles Triquet, the officer manager and equivalent of David Brent in Le Bureau, the French version of The Office, produced by Canal+. He released a book about his childhood in 2006, Le fils de l'homme invisible...

     (born 1952)

Among the former professors, the historian Jules Michelet
Jules Michelet
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 (1798–1874) and the journalist Serge July
Serge July
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(born 1942).

The buildings of the college have undergone numerous modifications since its establishment in 1460. A university library, the Library Holy-Bores is due to open at the beginning of 2008.