Tours de la Cathédrale d'Amiens

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens, a masterpiece of the sacred gothic art, a 138-foot vault, a floor area of 920 square yards, many magnificient sculptures from the 13th century. These are a few words to describe the beauty and the greatness of this structure. In 1220, the bishop Evrard de Fouilloy decides to build a cathedral to replace the former one, which had been burnt down two years before. The bishop wants it to be greater and more beautiful than any other cathedral in the christian world. He entrusts the architect Robert de Luzarches with the construction of the building. The biggest part of the cathedral is built by 1288.

Along the centuries, many other elements such as chapels and stalls were added to the cathedral. It was also strengthenned in the late 15th century so that it does not collapse. It was then restaured during the 19th century by architect Viollet-le-Duc, and he added several elements which were not in the original building. The Amiens Cathedral, one of the biggest classical gothic style church of the 13th century, was listed as a French historical monument in 1862 and became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1981.

So, if you are lucky enough to be in the area of Amiens, take the time to go and visit this amazing monument and to enjoy the spectacular architecture. If you like great scenery, walk up to the top of the towers to have an grandiose view on the city and its surroundings.

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