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CATHEDRAL NOTRE-DAME OF AMIENS, Amiens, http://www.lumen-terra.com/img/lieux/60_Amiens_cathedrale_recoupe_1.png


The largest gothic cathedral

The Cathedral of Notre Dame, 1 ½ hours from Paris and from Lille, in the heart of Picardy, is a magnificent Gothic structure that strikes one by the unity of its construction. It was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1981.

Originally the cathedral was built in wood in the Romanesque style, subject to fire numerous times up until the 13th century. Its reconstruction in stone created the architectural jewel that we see today. Built in only 60 years, an extraordinarily short time, it is unified in its style and in its extremely rich statuary as well. There are several hundred statuettes to discover between the façade and the stalls visible inside. There are other treasures such as the statue of a crying angel (for which an Englishman is said to have offered his weight in gold) and the labyrinth (which pilgrims walked on their knees). This cathedral can hold twice as many people as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. Size does not take away from the apparent lightness of the architecture and the lacework in stone.

Amiens cathedral is an unavoidable place of religious patrimony in France.

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