10 Facts About Amiens Cathedral


Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens, or simply Amiens Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic church.

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Amiens Cathedral is a classic example of the High Gothic style of Gothic architecture.

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Amiens Cathedral has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.

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In 1206 Amiens Cathedral received a celebrated relic, the reputed head of John the Baptist, purchased in Constantinople.

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Amiens Cathedral was the architect until 1228, and was followed by Thomas de Cormont until 1258.

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Amiens Cathedral was returned to its religious function in 1800, and the first restoration work began in 1802.

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In 1992, the art historian Stephen Murray was appointed by the French Ministry of Culture in the scientific committee to oversee the restoration of Amiens Cathedral: Murray was made an honorary citizen of Amiens and awarded an honorary Doctorate at University of Picardy, Jules Verne, following this work.

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The pillar and chapels were commissioned by Jean de la Grange, Bishop of Amiens Cathedral who was a principal advisor to King Charles VI of France.

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The Amiens Cathedral labyrinth is 240 meters long and was originally laid out in 1288 by the architect Rene de Cormont.

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Innovative feature of the upper windows of Amiens Cathedral was how they filled the entire space of the upper wall.

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