Amiens Things to Do

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    The Cathedral, take a look at the SOUTHERN portal!

    by Askla Updated Jul 15, 2015

    Here are some examples of the carvings in the southern portal. One can trace some colours remaining on some spots but they are not very clearly visible. It would be interesting if this side was lit by the laser as well...

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    Amiens Cathedral

    by alectrevor Updated Mar 11, 2015

    The cathedral dates from the 13th century. Notre Dame of Amiens is over 145m long and 70m wide. The exterior is covered with carvings and gargoyles [ water spouts ] The nave is the loftiest in France.Admission is free ,the cathedral is open every day

    Front Rear HIGH NAVE Carved stone doorway

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    Jules Vernes House

    by alectrevor Updated Mar 11, 2015

    Jules Vernes met and married a woman from Amiens in 1857. They moved to Amiens to live in 1871. He died in 1905.The house is open to the public and is in rue Charles Dubois number 2. The house has a distinctive small tower. Jules Vernes was a French novelist and playwright best known for his novels on science fiction..

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    Oldest part of Amiens. Saint Leu.

    by alectrevor Updated Mar 11, 2015

    Along the canal banks are pretty houses and cafes, these are in the oldest district of Amiens. A nice place for a meal or a drink. Craft shops, antique shops and second hand shops also draw visitors to this ST Leu area.

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    Cathedral of Notre Dame d'Amiens

    by gwened Written Dec 16, 2013

    another jewel of a Cathedral in France, and one to visit, a must.
    work on its building begann in 1220AD, the history is long, and beautiful , too long for a writing to cover all, just visit it.

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    In July 1918, during the last German offensive in the West, the Cathedral fell under the fire of the German imperial troops. But at the urging of Pope Benedict XV, the Germans ceased to take the sanctuary as a target. The Cathedral was thus saved. Shortly afterwards, the German army retreated to the far, and everything returned in order.

    In May 1940, during the German bombing which severely affected the city, the Cathedral was also almost miraculously spared

    The towers were the last element of it to be built.The West façade portals are like that of the transept South, richly adorned with sculptures that present a theological program. The large central portal or portal of the last judgement, yet sometimes called portal of the beautiful God, is surrounded by two other smaller portals: that of the mother God, right at the South, and that of saint Firmin left
    The southern portal of the Western facade, called portal of the mother-God, is dedicated to the Virgin. The tympanum, found in the lower register a series of six characters from the Old Testament, the ancestors of the Virgin. Death and assumption of the Virgin Mary are represented at the level of the middle register, and finally we are witnessing his coronation in paradise, in the superieur register.

    the western rosary and the 22 statues of the gallery of Kings, not sure who they are; are marvels to see here, Wonder about its vast interiors and see beauty and history before your eyes. I leave you with some pictures and the urge to come and get more.

    Cathedral Notre Dame d'Amiens nave to altar and the laberinth on floor scenes of last judgement chapel of notre dame chapel resurrection
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    Amiens Cathedral - Magnificent!

    by rexvaughan Written Feb 18, 2013

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    This is one big cathedral, inside being the tallest complete one in France, at almost 140 feet, and also has the largest interior. It dates from the very early 13th Century and was built to house the head of John the Baptist, allegedly brought back from the crusades.
    The features that grab one’s eyes are the height inside and the incredibly comprehensive and detailed sculptural program on the façade and in the portals. Dr. William Cook, our inspiration for this trip, says that “The façade of Amiens Cathedral may well be the greatest single sculptural display in all of Gothic architecture.” Looking up at the ceiling which seems to be floating in the heavens, Dr. Cook also likes to remind us that it is made of rock. One of the aims of cathedral structures is to remind the devout of the grandeur of God and the smallness of man, and this one does that in spades. The stained glass inside is magnificent, but much of it is replacement of the lost originals. The sculpture inside is also wonderful but not original.
    The west façade of the cathedral is amazing in its harmony and incredible detail. The three portals are under deep porches and the whole thing is topped with 3 galleries, a rose window and twin towers, all with intricately carved statuary. One of the things that impressed me is the sheer number of things depicted: Old Testament Kings, the minor prophets, the last judgment (with St. Francis leading the procession into heaven), the Tree of Jesse, the 12 Apostles, the wise and foolish virgins, the virtues and the vices, even the zodiac and Aesop’s fables as well as many more biblical scenes and figures. The portal of the Virgin is replete with scenes and events from her life and is fronted with “La Vierge Doree,” the Golden Virgin because her clothing was painted gold.

    Facade Soaring vaults made of stone Gallery of kings The Last Judgment The three portals dwarf the visitors.

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    The Jules Verne House.

    by Askla Updated Dec 11, 2012

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    Juls Verne had married a woman from Amiens in 1857 and moved to the town in 1871, where he also died in March 1905. The house where they lived was known as "the house with the tower" because of the eye-cathing tower which can still be seen.

    I wasn't tempted by the high entrance fee, so I just left without going in, therefore no pictures and not much information, alas.

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    The Cathedral Notre Dame d'Amiens.

    by Askla Updated Dec 11, 2012

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    A Romanesque cathedral built in this area was destroyed by fire in 1218. That gave the opportunity to the then bishop, Evrard de Fouilloy, to launch his big scale building plans. But before they could get started some other buildings, like the Church of Saint Firmin the Confessor, had to be removed to give space for the cathedral. The building works then started in 1225. Just 44 years later, in 1269, the stained-glass windows were installed in the centre of the apse, indicating the completion date of the main building works.

    The dimensions of the cathedral are impressing: it is 145 m long, the transept is 70 m wide, the nave is 40 m wide and the height of the vaults is 42,3 m.

    The cathedral is open to visitors all year round, April through September from 08.30 till 18.30 and October through March from 08.30 till 17.30.
    The entrance is free of charge.

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    The Saint-Leu quarter.

    by Askla Updated Dec 11, 2012

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    Along the canal will you find the oldest houses in Amiens, in the area callend Saint-Leu. They are called "maisons à pignon" in French, gabled houses in English. In the 17th century, the ground floor housed merchant's stands or workshops.

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    One of the oldest belfries in France.

    by Askla Updated Dec 11, 2012

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    In 1406 was one of the first belfries in France built by wood. It was destroyed several times by fire, so in 1742 the edifice which we now can see was built. A belfry was the symbol of a free city.
    It is open to visitors Sundays at 10.30 in the morning.

    The city's crest on the belfry.
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    Museum of stained-glassed windows.

    by Askla Updated Dec 11, 2012

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    This s is one of largest private collections of stained-glass windows in France. It is located in an old house dating from the 16th century. The collection contains as well religious as civil windows from the 12th to the 20th centuries.
    Every afternoon at 15.00 (except Sundays and bank holidays) there is the possibility to join a guided tour through the gallery. You will get informed about the theory and history before you can look at the creation of new windows. The tour is ONLY in French. On the internet site there says that there is an unaccompanied tour at 15.00 but that is wrong, you can come in only for this tour and it is accompanied.
    The tour will last from 30 min to an hour, the admission for adults being 5 Euros, children 3 Euros.
    Here's a link to a map.

    A window from the 13th century. A window from the 12th century. Fitting the lead to the glass.
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    The Cathedral, two 13th century bronze tombstones.

    by Askla Updated Nov 27, 2012

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    In the nave we can admire two bronze tombstones, each one created in one block in the 13th century. There are Evrard de Fouilloy (the bishop who launched the building project of the Cathedral) and his successor Geoffroy d'Eu, buried.

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    The Cathedral, tomb of Saint Firmin.

    by Askla Updated Nov 27, 2012

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    Saint Firmin was the first bishop of Amiens in the 3rd century. (Amiens was at that time a Roman town called Samarobriva.) The reliefs tells about his life and doings, until he got caught by the roman soldiers and was beheaded.
    The reliefs were sculptured between 1490 and 1530.

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    The Cathedral, the famous Weeping Angel.

    by Askla Updated Nov 27, 2012

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    At the back of the choir, just opposite the stained-glass windows from 1269, there is a little but famous angel, sitting and weeping. He sits on the mausoleum of the canon Gulian Lucas. The legend has it that the dead canon's family had ordered the famous sculptor Nicolas Blasset to erect a marble mausoleum. So he did, but afterwards, when the family got the invoice, they were not at all satisfied. They thought it to be much too expensive, so they sued Blasset. To avoid paying the fines, he added this little angel as a "bonus" for free.

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    The Cathedral, sound and light show - must see!!

    by Askla Updated Nov 27, 2012

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    Every year since 1999 now, has there been an extrordinary show every night from June 1 till the third Sunday of September plus December 1 till January 1, showing the Cathedral's statues and smaller figures lit up by laser to show what it looked like in the Medieval times when it was all newly painted.
    The show starts when "the night falls", which is in June set to be at 22.45, in July at 22.30, in August at 22.00, in September at 21.45 and in December at 19.00. The shows lasts for just less than an hour and is, of course, free of charge.

    For more pictures, see my Travelogue.

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