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.
The city of Art and History, formerly known as the Picardie, is located in the Hauts-de-France department of the Somme. The most populous city in the region behind Lille, it is also the first city in France in terms of inscriptions on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Amiens also benefits from an ideal geographical situation, about fifty kilometers from Arras and Beauvais, or from the bay of the Somme, world-famous tourist site.
The small northern Venice, due to its many canals, was born in antiquity, and served as the capital of the people of the Ambiens. Prosperous, Amiens experienced a new impetus in the course of the Middle Ages, of which there remain today many architectural remains. Known for its dyeing, Amiens blue, the city makes a fortune in drapery and textile, even in the course of the nineteenth century. A dynamic city, Amiens is now famous for its tourist activities.
Visitors from all over the world come to admire the most beautiful monuments of the city of Picardy inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage.
A true masterpiece of Gothic art, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens is famous all over the world. The largest cathedral in France, the building is 145 meters long and culminates at 112 meters in height. Built in the 13th century, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and listed as a Historic Monument. While the classical Gothic style is predominant here, there are however some elements of flamboyant Gothic and gothic radiating. On the western façade one can admire some beautiful 13th-century Gothic sculptures, while the interior presents real masterpieces of woodwork, especially on choir stalls, as well as original stained-glass windows. We can not fail to appreciate the beauty of the portal of the Virgin with her sculptures or the gallery of the Kings, which represents no fewer than twenty-two monarchs. The cathedral's internal pavement is so successful, mainly because of its labyrinth, which was completely restored in the 19th century. It was 234 meters long and octagonal in shape. It once had in its center the relics of Saint John the Baptist, and was an ordeal for pilgrims who wished to gather there. Every year during Christmas and summer, a free show proposes to discover the original polychromy of the cathedral through the effects of light.
Also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amiens belfry dates back to the 12th century and was rebuilt during the 15th century. A symbol of the city's independence, it was completely restored in the late 1980s. This white-stone building rises 52 meters high and takes place near the town hall and the halls.
House of the Illustrious, the house of Jules Verne was occupied by the famous writer and his wife from 1882 to 1900. Today restored, this mansion of the XIXth century proposes to discover more than 700 objects retracing life and the universe By Jules Verne. The ensemble has been included in the supplementary inventory of Historical Monuments.
Built by the famous architect of Le Havre, Auguste Perret, the Perret tower was built in the late 1940s and measures more than 100 meters high. Facing the north railway station, it was for a long time the tallest skyscraper in Europe. On the 19th floor, the apartment Tour Perret 360 ° allows to have an impregnable view on all the agglomeration of Amiens.
The Jules-Verne Circus was built in the 19th century in a polygonal shape, on the site of the ancient ephemeral circuses passing through the city of Amiens. Inspired by the Cirque d'hiver in Paris, the building has been awarded the National Pole of Circus and Street Arts and listed in the Historic Monuments. It houses the Circus Arlette Gruss in residence.
The Saint-Leu church was built in the 15th century and is now classified as a Historic Monument. It takes place in the medieval quarter of the same name, and presents a flamboyant Gothic style. Many other religious remains are visible in Amiens, such as the Saint-Jean-des-Prémontrés abbey of the seventeenth century, the Saint-Acheul abbey and its church or the Saint-Germain church which now serves as an exhibition place On the colorization of the cathedral or on the Saint-Germain quarter. The palace of the bishopric of the seventeenth century or the great seminary of the Lazarists, built in the eighteenth century, are also lacking interest.
Strolling through the old streets of Amiens you can admire the facade of the Sagittarius house, Renaissance style, the King's residence a 16th century residence listed in the Historic Monuments, or the vestiges of the Citadel.
The archaeological garden of Saint-Acheul reveals traces of the presence of Palaeolithic man in the region, notably thanks to a stratigraphic section classified to the Historic Monuments. A path marked with explanatory panels gives a better idea of the period studied, while pedagogical workshops are proposed at the entrance to the park.
The markets of Amiens are held every day except Mondays and Thursdays. A Christmas market takes place in December.
The festival Tendance Europe takes place in January and offers various and varied shows of emerging European artists.
The antique dealers' fair is held in February.
In March, place at the festival of the game and the imagination devoted to fun activities, as well as the chocolate and delicacies fair of Picardy.
The large embroidery, an important garage sale, is held on the last Sunday in April and the first Sunday in October.
The Leitura Furiosa festival dedicated to calligraphy and writing games is held in May.
In June, the Amiens fair, Festivities in the city, a festival of street arts, a comic strip festival and a water market that recall the traditions of the past with market gardeners 'time.
From June to September, the colorful cathedral illuminates the facades of Notre-Dame, while a Summer in Music offers concerts.
In July, Journey to the Heart of the Summer offers live performances.
The Jules Verne Challenge in August commemorates the first balloon flight, while the Liberty Ball celebrates the liberation of Amiens in 1944.
The Medieval waterside offer nautical games in September.
Festiv'art celebrates the arts in October.
The international film festival of Amiens is held in November.
Exhibition: JOUY'S CANVAS INVITES AT JULES VERNE
- From 27 march to 27 june 2019
- L & # 39; Bleu de Cocagne association invited 2nd year students in graphic design to the ESAS Amiens to participate in a contest around the l & # 39; universe of Jules Verne. As part of the drawing course of Olivier Charpentier, the students were brought to realize a motif inspired by the Toile de Jouy in order to an engraving on copper cylinder and d & # 39; a textile print. The House of Jules Verne will host the work of these students from March 27 to May 27, 2019. Temporary exhibition integrated into the tour of the city. permanent exhibition included in the ticket Entrance.
- From 4 june to 12 july 2019
- 3 rue Georges Guynemer
- Ceramics ӏ drawing ӏ painting ӏ mix media - Catherine Geoffray and Régine Kolle immerse themselves in stories that populate existence to nourish their creations. - There are dream stories that escape the order of things. Catherine Geoffray seizes it as soon as it wakes up, notes it, the drawing that follows will tighten up the elements that come out of the dream. It synthesizes this memory by letting the matter go up by organic and vegetal forms in porcelain earth, not - enamelled, white and pale, filters of emotion. - In Régine Kolle's painting, atmospheres and colors emerge in waves in a continuous line. A painting that has encountered the use of new technologies. In this way, from animation to painting, gestures and realities that unfold new questions.
Ceramics / Drawing / Painting / Media mix: Plunge
- From 4 june to 12 july 2019
- 3 rue Georges-Guynemer
- Catherine Geoffray and Régine Kolle immerse themselves in stories that populate existence to nourish their creations. - There are dream stories that escape the order of things. Catherine Geoffray seizes it as soon as it wakes up, notes it, the drawing that follows will tighten up the elements that come out of the dream. It synthesizes this memory by letting the matter go up by organic and vegetal forms in porcelain earth, unglazed, white and pale, filters of the emotion. - In Régine Kolle's painting, atmospheres and colors emerge in waves in a continuous line. - A painting that has encountered the use of new technologies. Thus, from animation film to painting, gestures and realities that unfold new questions come together. - Catherine Geoffray I Régine Kolle - Opening: Tuesday, June 4th - 6 pm - Discover the black square in 1 hour - Guided tour: Tuesday 11 June - 18h - Visit Pic-Nic: Wednesday, June 12 - 12:30
Midnight Before Night
- From 21 to 23 june 2019
- 5 passage Bélu
- Midnight before night - June 21,22 & 23 - St. Peter's Park & the moon of the pirates - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - Ticketing - After a first edition under the sun Amiens, Midnight before the Night returns the 21,22 and June 23, 2019! Presented by the team Pirates Moon, Midnight before the Night is a very young festival of contemporary music on a human scale. - Midnight before the night, it is the notion of time that fades for 3 days, all in the city center in the green setting of the Parc Saint-Pierre in Amiens and the Moon Pirates - Come escape! - ▬ 21 JUNE program at Pirate Moon * free * - - foxwarren - Yellow - & DJ surprise sets - ▬ program of June 22nd & 23rd at Parc Saint Pierre - ✺ Saturday, June 22 - Balthazar - ODEZENNE - Andrew Bird - Wild Aloise - Boy Azooga - Oktober Lieber - Affair Weekend - Roxaane - ✺ Sunday 23rd June - temples - Caballero & JeanJass - Kero Bonito - Last Train - Johan Papaconstantino - Evil eye - structures - New Climates - ▬▬ free Friday, June 21st! - ▬▬ Ticket office Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June - 2 day pass → temp_link_0_replace - • Full price: 35 € / Reduced price: 30 € - Saturday → temp_link_1_replace - • Full price: 20 € / Reduced price: 17 € - Sunday → temp_link_2_replace - • Full price: 20 € / Reduced price: 17 € - ☛ Reduced rate: -18 years old, students, jobseekers and beneficiaries of social minima (a proof will be requested at the entrance of the festival) - ☛ Free for children under 12 years!
Pride of Amiens
- On 22 june 2019
- Place Alphonse Fiquet
- A gay pride in Amiens is a great first! It is due to the combined efforts of Flash Our True Colors associations, Les Bavardes, Translucide, GAS Solidarité, Sos Homophobie and Aides who came together to organize the first edition of the Pride March of Amiens. "The year 2019 represents not only the first occasion to celebrate this event in our city, but also the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a symbolic link by which we wish to pay tribute to a worldwide movement against discrimination against LGBTIQ + people. and still present in France and in the world ", explain the members of the organizing committee. - The March - Appointment at the beginning of the afternoon on the place Alphonse Fiquet (place of the station) for the formation of the procession. - Word of order: - 50 years after Stonewall - Continue to move forward - Departure of the procession at 14h for a city tour. - The evening - After the walk, evenings are organized in the partner bars of the event, where everyone can meet to party!
Expresso Tour: Square Jules Boquet
- On 26 june 2019
- Square Jules Boquet
- Around a café, enjoy a viewpoint chosen from an Amiens terrace and make a 360 degree in the history of the city! - You will live a convivial moment where history, architecture and urbanism will be delivered to you on a plateau. Enjoy this tour as an arabica! - Your guide-speaker will distill the story of four city squares, from yesterday to today. After that, for sure, you will have the infused science. - On-site consumption is the responsibility of the participants.
Summer Party Workshop
- From 29 to 30 june 2019
- 27 rue Berryer
- Swing and Folk music lovers, your feet swarm? Saturday, June 29 afternoon, the association Taranta Swing Danses offers workshops "discovery" open to all: 1:00 to take his first steps Lindy hop, Rock or Waltz. Sunday, June 30 in the morning, for dancers already initiated in Swing dances or Salon dances, a workshop of 3:00 is devoted to learning a choreography on the title "Far from your web" by Leyla McCalla. The opportunity to learn new steps with your partner, while sharing a festive moment and a joint project with the group. The week-end will end on Sunday afternoon with an outdoor dance at Place René Goblet, set to music by the trio of musicians Boulevard du Swing. Discovery workshop Rock: Saturday, June 29 from 14h00 to 15h00 Discovery workshop Lindy Hop: Saturday, June 29th from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm Workshop discovery Waltz: Saturday, June 29th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Choreographic workshop "Far from your web": Sunday, June 30 from 9h00 to 12h00 Ball with Boulevard du Swing René Goblet place: Sunday 30 June from 17h30 to 19h30
Concert: Ystalyfera School Choir
- On 29 june 2019
- Place Notre-Dame
- School Ystalyfera Choir / Ystalyfera School ChoirMusic Director, Mr. Aled Maddock / Musical Director, Mr. Aled MaddockEmma Brown, Guest Soloist / Guest Soloist, Emma BrownA selection of music and songs from France and WalesA selection of music and song from France and Wales
Concert: Natasha St-Pier Sing Thérèse of Lisieux
- On 30 june 2019
- 63 rue Vulfran Warmé
- This evening will combine the beauty and universality of the poems of the little Thérèse of Lisieux with the magic of a magnificent voice. The proceeds will be donated to Father Pedro's "Akamasoa" humanitarian work in Madagascar. Father Pedro is a Lazarist Argentinean missionary who has been working for more than thirty years with the poor. To allow them to leave the landfills of Tananarive, he built with them several villages, developed education and health care. Beauty and solidarity will be on the bill for this evening organized by the Lazarist community. Amiens and the NGO Support to Father Pedro and Akamasoa
Family Heritage Workshops During the Summer Holidays
- From 8 july to 29 august 2019
- 23, place Notre-Dame
- From 6 years old. - In family with a guide speaker - Appointment: Ciap / Office of Tourism - Monday, July 8: How was it in the Middle Ages? - Tuesday, July 9: Apprentice architect - Tuesday, July 16: Glasses and glassmakers at Notre-Dame - Thursday 18 July: Apprentice designer - Monday, July 22: The little secrets of the Town Hall - Tuesday, July 23: Apprentice (e) urban planner - Monday, July 29th: My little medieval garden - Thursday, August 1: The bells in the city - Friday, August 2: Tell me, what is the velvet of Amiens? - Tuesday, August 6: Bridges and bridges over water - Wednesday, August 7: Apprentice (e) urban planner - Monday, August 12: Landscape Apprentice - Tuesday, August 13: Little hikers in the Middle Ages - Monday, August 19th: Build your custom cathedral - Tuesday, August 27: Glasses and glassmakers at Notre-Dame - Thursday, August 29: Tell me, what is the velvet of Amiens?