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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 World Heritage of UNESCO. However, the city has other treasures: belfry, museums, Saint-Leu irrigated by the Somme and its channels to bridge unexpected traditions puppeteers and floating gardens?

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Cathedral view from the bridge over the Somme (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral view from the bridge over the Somme (© Jean Espirat)
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View hortillonnages (© Jean Espirat)
View hortillonnages (© Jean Espirat)
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Hortillonnages (© Amiens Métropole)
Hortillonnages (© Amiens Métropole)
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Hortillonnages (© Amiens Métropole)
Hortillonnages (© Amiens Métropole)
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Houses on the water (© Jean Espirat)
Houses on the 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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Houses on the water (© Jean Espirat)
Houses on the water (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral for the St. Leu area (© Amiens Métropole)
Cathedral for the St. Leu area (© Amiens Métropole)
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colors Cathedral (© Amiens Métropole)
colors Cathedral (© Amiens Métropole)
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Jules Verne House - exterior night (© Amiens Métropole)
Jules Verne House - exterior night (© Amiens Métropole)
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Jules Verne House - office (© Amiens Métropole)
Jules Verne House - office (© Amiens Métropole)
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Saint-Leu night (© Amiens Métropole)
Saint-Leu 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 Somme channeled (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama on the Somme channeled (© Jean Espirat)
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traditional accommodation in Amiens (© Jean Espirat)
traditional accommodation in Amiens (© 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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Focus on the rose window (© Jean Espirat)
Focus on the rose window (© Jean Espirat)
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Tudor (© Jean Espirat)
Tudor (© 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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the city ​​
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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 Notre Dame
Cathedral Notre Dame
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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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Houses on the water (© Jean Espirat)
Houses on the water (© Jean Espirat)
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houses on the water (© Jean Espirat)
houses on the water (© Jean Espirat)
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houses on the water (© Jean Espirat)
houses on the water (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Chapel West (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Chapel West (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Chapel West (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Chapel West (© Jean Espirat)
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Eardrum of the central porch (© Jean Espirat)
Eardrum of the central porch (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Details of left portal (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Details of left portal (© Jean Espirat)
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Details of the central colonnade between the portals (© JE)
Details of the central colonnade between the portals (© JE)
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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 (© 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 (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - choir Racks (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - choir Racks (© Jean Espirat)
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Grids choir (© Jean Espirat)
Grids choir (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the cathedral (© JE)
Nave of the cathedral (© JE)
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Nave of the cathedral (© JE)
Nave of the cathedral (© JE)
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in front of the choir of the cathedral (© JE)
in front of the choir of the cathedral (© JE)
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Nave of the cathedral (© JE)
Nave of the cathedral (© JE)
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Stalls carved cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stalls carved cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Face of St. John - relic (© Jean Espirat)
Face of St. John - relic (© Jean Espirat)
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Explanation of the relic of St. John (© Jean Espirat)
Explanation of the relic of St. John (© Jean Espirat)
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Large rosette of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Large rosette of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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windows of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
windows of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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stained glass (© Jean Espirat)
stained glass (© Jean Espirat)
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stained glass (© Jean Espirat)
stained glass (© Jean Espirat)
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stained glass (© Jean Espirat)
stained glass (© Jean Espirat)
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House Pilgrim (© Jean Espirat)
House Pilgrim (© Jean Espirat)
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