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“Nice cathedral,awful city!!!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens

Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Amiens
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Owner description: Amiens Cathedral is one of the finest examples of late Gothic art in Europe. It is also the Cathedral of records since it is the largest in France and the spire rises to a height of 112.70 meters. The towers provide splendid views of the city and of the last medieval steeple still be seen on a Cathedral. Re-opening of the Cathedral Treasury. Cathedral designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> April, May, June, September: Guided tour at 3 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. except Saturday and Sunday, Unaccompanied tour from 2.30 to 5.15 p.m.> July, August: Guided tour at 11 a.m., Unaccompanied tour from 2.30 p.m. to 5.15 p.m.> October to March: Guided tour at 3.45 p.m. Closed:> Tuesdays.> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.> Last Sunday in September. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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“Nice cathedral,awful city!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2012 via mobile

I have to disagree with the comments on Amiens being a nice area,I found the city grim and dark and very unsafe,but the Cathedral is wonderful. Its the only thing worth visiting in Amiens.

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“Impressive cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2012

The main tourist attraction in Amiens is the gothic cathedral Notre-Dame d'Amiens. This gothic masterpiece was built during a fairly short time, 50 years, in the 13th century (1220-1270). This means that the cathedral is in a homogenous gothic style.

In case you have time, attend the light and sound show in the evening and visit the cathedral the following day. In the show, the statues on the western facade comes to life, as they were intended in the Middle ages. It's terrific, don't miss it!

It's no wonder that the cathedral has been called "The Stone Bible", due to the many statues on the facade. The interior is of course also worth a couple of hours. The cathedral's interior is the largest in France. Unfortunately, many of the stained glas windows were destroyed during the First World War, but there is still a lot to admire inside the cathedral.

I went to Amiens for a weekend, beecause I wanted to see the famous cathedral, I truly recommend that you also do it!

In case you like gothic cathedrals, you should also visit the other gothic cathedrals in Picardie.

Visited September 2011
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“Cathedral display”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2012

seeing the cathedral lit up is a must see. well worth a visit, starts at 10pm for a certain part of the year

Visited August 2012
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“Imposing , daunting - you don't have to be religious to appreciate this...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2012

The sheer size and intricacy of the facade of this 13th Century edifice are truly overwhelming, if you have any semblance of imagination at all . How, literally in God's name, did they do it ? The French Government has in recent years contributed vast amounts of money to restore the begrimed Cathedral exterior, and the results are plain to see alongside the portions that remain unrestored. The statuary have really been brought to life, with all their lessons of life and death, salvation and redemption. Other reviewers have pointed out that the interior is cold and dusty - and this is true, but still worth exploring for the antiquities and, again, the craftsmanship. You don't have to be one of the faithful to appreciate this . Nor do you have to be religious ( but it might help ) to be completely awed by an Easter Vigil or Midnight Mass in a vast darkness , lit by candles and a capella singing . The acoustics are phenomenal . Look out for the plaques commemorating the Allied armies that stood before Amiens in World War 1. A must see .

Visited April 2012
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“Tower tour was good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2012

The cathedral itself for me was nothing special. However very limited numbers are allowed to pay to climb the tower. Worth doing for the views. We also did the light show (against the front face) the previous evening - this was good and commentary in English was available.

Visited August 2012
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