Delving into the interior of the Cathedral of Amiens is like moving to the extreme grandeur. Its measures 133.5 meters long, 70 meters wide at the vaults and 42 meters high, making it one of the biggest Gothic cathedrals. It has 3 ships in which the plant is higher than the lateral side and enormous stained glass windows that make the light penetrate inside. The choir chapels are surrounded by radial or presents on the outside from the late 15th and 16th centuries with scenes of San Juan Bautista and San Fermin who was the first bishop of the city. In the choir axis one can see that a big stained glass window was donated to the cathedral in the year 1269. Also you can see interesting sculptures from different times. One of the most important is the labyrinth in the middle of the nave and drawn with tiles depicting the symbolic pilgrimage pilgrims had to make to the center.
At Parc Saint Pierre, you can see many things, for example, love between two doves as shown in my photos. This is an area of tenderness and nature, an old man found me in the park and began to tell me stories and his views on life. It's more than a green space - it's a place of reunion.
Halfway between the Cathedral and Gambetta Square, we find one of the symbolic sculpture of Amiens, the Dewailly clock. It was originally located in the Gambetta Square until it was pretty much destroyed during the war and the clock disappeared. It was donated in 1896 by the former mayor-Mayor Dr. Dewailly and designed by architect Emile Ricquier. There's a figure of a woman with bare breasts which is the work of Albert Roze. With this work he wanted to make an allegory to spring.
Situated in the pedestrian area of Amiens, it is undoubtedly one of the main places of interest for locals and tourists. Several cafes, restaurants and shops are a special attraction during the hot days and it is not a strange sight to see young people in a swimsuit lying on the grass at the front of the fountain.
A nice,typical nineteenth-century French building, to be precise built in 1866. It consists of two wings and one front that connects the two. The architects were Juan Herbault and Natalis Daulle, with the sculptors Edmond Leveque and Samson. The front at whose door is reached by a beautiful staircase leads to an hexastyle Corinthian portico with pilasters of the same style. The fontón represents the order of justice,between the columns we see the statues of Cicero and Demosthenes and at the end Law and the Force on the steps.
Going to Amiens and and not taking a walk down Trois Cailloux street is like coming to Madrid and not walking down Preciados. The aforementioned pedestrianized street runs between the two most important squares of Amiens - Place Gambetta and Place René Goblet. Several international brand stores are located here too as wells as Galeries Lafayette, FNAC, C & A and McDonalds.
Amiens is one of those French towns that were partially destroyed during World War II by the enemy bombardment. Part of its architecture, then, was rebuilt after the war. The Perret Tower, 110 metres tall, was the first skyscraper in Europe. It's a place of great interest for all fans of high-rise buildings.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Children of Captain Grant, Journey to the Center of the Earth etc ... Who has not read or at least heard of these novels? Yes, this is the writer Jules Verne,ve did, does and will delight many young and not so young readers,ve love adventure, travel and using the imagination to take us to places we may never visit. The tour of the home was in Amiens, he was born in Nantes, and it was a couple of hours using an audio-guide speaking about his life and work, his journeys and the theatrical legacy regarding his success with many works from this genre. A visit not to be missed.
Saint Leu is a picturesque district next to the Cathedral and it was originally the city's poorest neighborhood. Multiple canals cut through it giving it a certain appeal but I have to say they were dirty, I guess as it was August they were lacking a good rain. With the arrival of warm weather, restaurants and bars open their terraces. Alongside is Saint Pierre Park where athletes run and friends picnic - a walk through this park is wonderful.
The museum is currently closed for renovations, to expand the collection. This project is expected to continue through 2012, and includes the renovation of the building and the installation of new collections of art.
One of the most important places to visit in Amiens is the Notre Dame d'Amiens Cathedral, a Gothic cathedral following the stylistic influence of Notre-Dame de Paris and Notre-Dame de Chartre. It is the largest and highest cathedral in Amiens and of all the French Gothic cathedrals. Since 1981 it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
There are also many churches to visit in Amiens which are not cathedrals. For example, there are the churches Saint-Honoré and Saint-Germain, both lovely attractions in Amiens. Some other things to see in Amiens are the Breffroi of Amiens, the Palais de l'Eveché, and town hall or the Perret Tower, among many others.
Some more things to do in Amiens include museums, parks in the city that are renowned for there charm, and beautiful walks and large squares like the Place Gambetta where you can have a coffee. If you are looking for things to do in outside Amiens, you can stroll through the picturesque village of St Leu. It is located next to the cathedral and is crossed by several channels. On each side of the channels there are bars and restaurants that draw people to their terraces when the weather is good. Close to this neighborhood is one of the main places to see in Amiens, Saint Pierre Park, which is ideal for jogging or walking.
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