Amiens Cathedral

Amiens Cathedral

The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens (French: Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens), or simply Amiens Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral and seat of the Bishop of Amiens (currently Jean-Luc Bouilleret). It is situated on a slight ridge overlooking the River Somme in Amiens, the administrative capital of the Picardy region of France, some 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Paris. It is the 19th largest church in the world.

Medieval cathedral builders were trying to maximize the internal dimensions in order to reach for the heavens and bring in more light. In that regard, the Amiens cathedral is the tallest complete cathedral in France, its stone-vaulted nave reaching an internal height of 42.30 metres (138.8 ft) (surpassed only by the incomplete Beauvais Cathedral). It also has the greatest interior volume of any French cathedral, estimated at 200,000 cubic metres (260,000 cu yd). The cathedral was built between 1220 and c.1270 and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.Although it has lost most of its original stained glass, Amiens Cathedral is renowned for the quality and quantity of early 13th-century Gothic sculpture in the main west façade and the south transept portal, and a large quantity of polychrome sculpture from later periods inside the building.

Outline
The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens (French: Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens), or simply Amiens Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral and seat of the Bishop of Amiens (currently Jean-Luc Bouilleret).

Recommended world heritage video

  1. Historic Walled Town of Cuenca

    Historic Walled Town of Cuenca

  2. Las Médulas

    Las Médulas

  3. Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof

    Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof

  1. Alto Douro Wine Region

    Alto Douro Wine Region

  2. Episcopal City of Albi

    Episcopal City of Albi

  3. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

    The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

  1. Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni

    Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni

  2. Ring of Brodgar

    Ring of Brodgar

  3. Røros Mining Town and the Circumference

    Røros Mining Town and the Circumference

  1. Churches of Moldavia

    Churches of Moldavia

  2. Wachau Cultural Landscape

    Wachau Cultural Landscape

  3. Wartburg Castle

    Wartburg Castle

  1. Limes

    Limes

  2. Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid

    Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid

  3. Palmeral of Elche

    Palmeral of Elche

  1. Medieval City of Rhodes

    Medieval City of Rhodes

  2. Warszawa

    Warszawa

  3. Medieval Town of Torun

    Medieval Town of Torun

  1. The Trulli of Alberobello

    The Trulli of Alberobello

  2. Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System

    Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System

  3. Historic Centre of Évora

    Historic Centre of Évora

  1. Churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica

    Churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica

  2. Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna

    Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna

  3. Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin

    Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin

  1. Val d’Orcia

    Val d’Orcia

  2. Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija

    Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija

  3. Frontiers of the Roman Empire

    Frontiers of the Roman Empire

  1. Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery

    Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery

  2. Laponian Area

    Laponian Area

  3. Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments

    Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments

  1. Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula

    Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula

  2. Lugo

    Lugo

  3. Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville

    Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville

  1. City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

    City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

  2. Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

  3. Ironbridge Gorge

    Ironbridge Gorge

  1. Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias

  2. Tower of London

    Tower of London

  3. Universidade de Coimbra

    Universidade de Coimbra

facebook comments
Comment
To the Top