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Amiens Cathedral

Amiens Cathedral: The Cathédrale de Notre-Dame d'Amiens is the largest Gothic church and the largest cathedral in France, it is also one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Along with the cathedrals of Reims and Chartres, Amiens Cathedral belongs to the three High Gothic or Classical French cathedrals built in the 13th century. The current Amiens Cathedral was built in the period 1220 and 1402. The plan of Amiens Cathedral resembles that of the other High Gothic cathedrals at Reims and Chartres, as well as the Notre-Dame in Paris. The purpose of building the cathedral was to house the preserved skull of John the Baptist, the relic was discovered during the Fourth Crusade by a French crusader and brought to Amiens, the relic became the object of great pilgimage and Amiens Cathedral became one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Europe. The labyrinth of Amiens Cathedral is the second largest in France, the labyrinth was inlaid in the centre of the nave in 1288. Labyrinths like this were common in medieval churches. The choir of the cathedral is surrounded by numerous chapels, one of them is dedicated to Thomas Becket, also known as Thomas of Canterbury. During WWI and WWII, Amiens Cathedral escaped serious damage, but most of the stained-glass windows were destroyed by fire. The cathedral is situated along the Route of Santiago de Compostela. Amiens Cathedral is situated in the heart of Picardy, in the Somme River Valley, about 152 km north of Paris. Amiens Cathedral was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1982.

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Amiens Cathedral - Amiens Cathedral:  The labyrinth of Amiens Cathedral, inlaid in black and white marble in the nave floor in 1288. Labyrinths...

Amiens Cathedral:  The labyrinth of Amiens Cathedral, inlaid in black and white marble in the

nave floor in 1288. Labyrinths like this were common in medieval cathedrals and churches.

Pilgrims follow the path of the labyrinth on foot or on their knees while meditating, they hope

to find relief and trying to reach a deeper connection to God, or to symbolize the pilgrimage to

Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

  1. Amiens Cathedral - Amiens Cathedral:  The labyrinth of Amiens Cathedral, inlaid in black and white marble in the nave floor in 1288. Labyrinths...

    Amiens Cathedral:  The labyrinth of Amiens Cathedral, inlaid in black and white marble in the

    nave floor in 1288. Labyrinths like this were common in medieval cathedrals and churches.

    Pilgrims follow the path of the labyrinth on foot or on their knees while meditating, they hope

    to find relief and trying to reach a deeper connection to God, or to symbolize the pilgrimage to

    Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

  2. Amiens Cathedral - Amiens Cathedral: The central stone of the labyrinth of the cathedral depicts the figures of the bishop who took the initiative to erect the...

    Amiens Cathedral: The central stone of the labyrinth of the cathedral depicts the figures of the

    bishop who took the initiative to erect the cathedral and the three principal architects who built

    the cathedral. The labyrinth of Amiens Cathedral is the second largest in France. The original

    labyrinth (1288) did not survive the French Revolution intact, the present labyrinth is an exact

    copy made in the 19th century. The original central stone is on display in the Musée de Picardie.

  3. Amiens Cathedral - Amiens Cathedral: The rose window in the west façade is situated above the central part of the richly carved Gallery of the...

    Amiens Cathedral: The rose window in the west façade is situated above the central part of

    the richly carved Gallery of the Kings. The immense rose window is 13 metres in diameter.

    The rose window was redesigned in the Flamboyant Gothic Style in the 16th century. In the

    middle of the window is a coat of arms with three cocks. The Rose window is situated above

    the main portal of the Amiens Cathedral.

  4. Amiens Cathedral - Amiens Cathedral: The sculpted angel on the sound board of the pulpit. The pulpit was made of white marble in...

    Amiens Cathedral: The sculpted angel on the sound board of the pulpit. The pulpit was made

    of white marble in the 18th century, it is richly decorated with gilded wood accents. The pulpit

    is carried by three women, they symbolize the three theological virtues: Hope, Faith and Charity.

    Amiens Cathedral is situated in the heart of Picardy, about 152 km north of Paris. Amiens

    Cathedral was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1982.

  5. Amiens Cathedral - Amiens Cathedral: The 13th century bronze tomb of Geoffroy d'Eu, bishop of Amiens in the period 1222-1236. Amiens Cathedral houses...

    Amiens Cathedral: The 13th century bronze tomb of Geoffroy d'Eu, bishop of Amiens in the

    period 1222-1236. Amiens Cathedral houses also the 13th century bronze tomb of Évrard

    de Fouilloy, Bishop of Amiens in the period 1211-1222. Both the bronze tombs were cast

    at one flow. They are two of the few remaining 13th century bronze tombs left in France.

    The others bronze tombs were melted down and turned into weapons.