A little background.
Favorite thing: Amiens is an old city, it was known as the roman Samarobriva (bridge over Somme) as early as in the 1st century BOT. (It's said that Julius Ceasar spent the winter 54 BOT here.) It later changed its name to Ambianorum and from there the name Amiens has developed.
In the 13th century, the city became wealthy as a result of the textile dyening industry using woad, which was grown in the area. It gives the dye chemical indigo, a wonderful blue colour. Blue was very popular on clothes those days. (There is an interesting article about dyening plants at Wikipedia.)
During the ages, Amiens was conquered and/or given to rulers several times, the last time being in 1597 when it was taken over by Henry IV. From then on it has belonged to France.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Again walk these towns, its wonderful full of architecture ,history,and the sights and sounds and smells of the local life, that is what is most important to me when visiting, and so Lucky to be in of the wonders country of our world , a arts muséum all in its own right.;Amiens is one of the vanguards of this, with its magnificent cathedral.
1)tour perret= built by architect Auguste Perret in 1942 for the reconstruction project of the city at the place Alphonse-Fiquet ,and the gare d'Amiens following the destruction of WWII
2)beffroi d'Amiens, its origins goes back to the birth of Amiens Under king Louis VI the Fat. It was mentioned for the first time in a sentence given by the chapter of amiens in 1244AD
3) Rue de Noyon, lovely artery coming from train station into city center.
5) hôtel de ville, build initially from 1756 to 1760. The building was done in bricks with gres, and pavillions in stones. The cover was of bended rooftiles. It has statues of king Louis VI the Fat, and the Bishop Geoffroi, that gave the freedom to Amiens in 1115AD on the front porch of the building.
4)Maison de pelerins is located at the place Notre Dame by rue andré, facing the Cathedral. it is such because it housed the pilgrims on the way to St James.wooden medieval house.
Fondest memory: walk into city center by the theater, shopping les halles, pl Gambetta, and the Cathedral not to mention the tour perret
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
How to find the objects.
Favorite thing: I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.
Chinese Cuisine on wheels
Favorite thing: I was surprised to find this stall near the train station. The food is good and price is reasonable. You have a good choice of fried rice, fried wanton and fish balls. And their cooking style is really close to home.
Cathedral square in Amiens
Favorite thing: Take a walk around the Cathedral and just reflect how awesome and breathtaking it is! The best and highest Cathedral in the world is right here in this city!! You can't miss it! There's also a really pretty garden/park around the back of the Cathedral. Check out more of my cathedral tips in the must see section.
Fondest memory: My favorite memories of Amiens are those when I went out my front door and walked, having no intention or thought as to where I wanted to go. I found the most interesting places that way! My absolute favorite memory though is the first day that I ventured out. It was the weekend that I arrived in Amiens and I decided to head out and see what there was. It was such a cloudy day and a little rainy; I started walking and found a pretty little church. It was big and ornamented with statues and for a moment I thought that maybe I'd found the Cathedral. (I had never seen one before so I had no idea the importance and grandeur of them!) I kept walking though, determining that it couldn't be it. I came upon the Cathedral a few minutes later and was just taken aback by how big and beautiful it was! I went inside and just in time too because it started to pour down rain. Inside it was big and damp and dark. I was the only person there, no tourists or guides. A gregorian chant was playing on a loudspeaker overhead. I just remember walking around and looking in all the nooks and crannies of the church. Really beautiful! If I had one thing to see in France I would go back there to that cathedral, to my cathedral.
Grainne's General Tip
Fondest memory: We chanced on Amiens, and as I walked through the streets, thinking of Amiens as it must have been in WW1 (I had read Sebastien Faulkes' 'Birdsong' earlier that summer) I suddenly arrived at the cathedral square. It was ten in the evening, and a huge crowd was gathered, all facing the cathedral. We didnt' know what was going on, so we joined them. Suddenly all the lights went out, and a voice boomed over loudspeakers...then the facade of the cathedral lit up in brilliant colours, and the disembodied voice took us through a history of the cathedral, and the discovery of fragments of colour when they were renovating, which lead to this computer aided reconstruction of the cathedral as it looked when it was first built. A magical half hour...pinpoint accuracy from the projectors, and a totally new perspective on these worthy buildings!
visit the cathedral. It is one...
Favorite thing: visit the cathedral. It is one of the most important Gothic buildings in France and, as I said before, the largest. It was built whithin a relatively periode of time, so it has a very uniform style. Unfortunately, the tower were never completed. You can see more pictures in the travelogue.