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Amiens - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Somme
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Capital of Picardy and city of Art and history, Amiens possesses a gem of Gothic art : the Notre-Dame cathedral. UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cathedral of Amiens is, with its 145-metre length and its 42-metre height, the biggest cathedral in France! It is also a beautifully homogenous building – explained by the fact that it was built within a century. Its magnificent facade and richly decorated portal are truly stunning and feature exceptional statuary. Inside, the 110 oak stalls in the chancel are also remarkable.

A must-see colourful show of illuminations on the cathedral's portal takes place every evening in the summer and the month of December. This is a moment when the spectator can admire the original colours, which used to decorate the facade of the Notre-Dame cathedral in the Middle Ages.

Not far from the cathedral is the Saint-Leu medieval district nicknamed "Little Venice of the North". This former tanners', weavers' and dyers' district is really charming with its small colourful houses sitting along the canals. Walkers can enjoy a beautiful view of the cathedral from Pont de la Dodane bridge. Numerous restaurant and café terraces along the water provide pleasant and relaxing places to stop.

Other places of interest in the historic centre are the shopping streets and monuments all around the cathedral, including the King's lodge (Logis du Roi), the Sagittarius house (Maison du Sagittaire), the bailiwick house (Maison du Bailliage) and the belfry.

Amiens also boasts several interesting museums: the Picardy museum is home to collections of archaeology, sacred art, painting and sculpture; the Hôtel de Berny museum contains objets d'art and antique furniture; while the Maison de Jules Verne, where the famous writer lived for 18 years, houses souvenirs, objects and documents relating to him.

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City of Art and History, Amiens is famous for its magnificent Gothic cathedral classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, the city contains other treasures: belfry, museums, Saint-Leu district irrigated by the Somme and its canals with unexpected footbridges, traditions puppeteers and hortillonnages...

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Cathedral seen from the bridge over the Somme (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral seen from the bridge over the Somme (© Jean Espirat)
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View on the hortillonnages (© Jean Espirat)
View on the hortillonnages (© Jean Espirat)
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Hortillonnages (© Amiens Métropole)
Hortillonnages (© Amiens Métropole)
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Hortillonnages (© Amiens Métropole)
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The city
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Dwellings on water (© Jean Espirat)
Dwellings on water (© Jean Espirat)
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A street on the water (© Jean Espirat)
A street on the water (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Dwellings on water (© Jean Espirat)
Dwellings on water (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral seen from the Saint-Leu district (© Amiens Métropole)
Cathedral seen from the Saint-Leu district (© Amiens Métropole)
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Cathedral in colors (© Amiens Métropole)
Cathedral in colors (© Amiens Métropole)
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House of Jules Verne - outside night (© Amiens Métropole)
House of Jules Verne - outside night (© Amiens Métropole)
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House of Jules Verne - office (© Amiens Métropole)
House of Jules Verne - office (© Amiens Métropole)
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Saint-Leu district by night (© Amiens Métropole)
Saint-Leu district by night (© Amiens Métropole)
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Hortillonnages
Hortillonnages
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A street on the water (© Jean Espirat)
A street on the water (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama on the Channeled Sum (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama on the Channeled Sum (© Jean Espirat)
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Traditional Habitat of the Amiénois (© Jean Espirat)
Traditional Habitat of the Amiénois (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Close-up on the large rosette (© Jean Espirat)
Close-up on the large rosette (© Jean Espirat)
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Half-timbered house (© Jean Espirat)
Half-timbered house (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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City Hall
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Belfry
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Notre-Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral
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Cathedral - West Chapel (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - West Chapel (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - West Chapel (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - West Chapel (© Jean Espirat)
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Tympanum of the central porch (© Jean Espirat)
Tympanum of the central porch (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Details of the left portal (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Details of the left portal (© Jean Espirat)
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Details of the central colonnade between the portals (© J.E).
Details of the central colonnade between the portals (© J.E).
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Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Gates of the choir (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Gates of the choir (© Jean Espirat)
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Grilles of the choir (© Jean Espirat)
Grilles of the choir (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the cathedral (© J.E)
Nave of the cathedral (© J.E)
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Nave of the cathedral (© J.E)
Nave of the cathedral (© J.E)
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In front of the choir of the cathedral (© J.E)
In front of the choir of the cathedral (© J.E)
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Nave of the cathedral (© J.E)
Nave of the cathedral (© J.E)
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Carved stalls of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Carved stalls of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Face of Saint John - Relic (© Jean Espirat)
Face of Saint John - Relic (© Jean Espirat)
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Explanations on the relic of Saint John (© Jean Espirat)
Explanations on the relic of Saint John (© Jean Espirat)
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Large rose window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Large rose window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass windows of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass windows of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass windows (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass windows (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass windows (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass windows (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass windows (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass windows (© Jean Espirat)
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House of the Pilgrim (© Jean Espirat)
House of the Pilgrim (© Jean Espirat)
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