Amiens and its region boast a number of world heritage sites, such as the Notre-Dame d’Amiens cathedral, the Lucheux, Doullens and Amiens belfries and the Folleville church.
A jewel of Gothic art and world heritage, the Notre-Dame d’Amiens cathedral reigns for eternity over the city. After gazing in wonder at the fascinating façade, raise your head. See how the cathedral caresses the sky. Dare to get closer and touch the sublime sculptures with your eyes.
“How I love the Golden Madonna with her special smile, like the mistress of a holy house; how I love how she welcomes you at this cathedral door, in her exquisite and yet simple hawthorn adornment. Like the roses, the lilies and the fig trees on another porch, these sculpted hawthorns are still in blossom.” Marcel Proust, preface to “The Bible of Amiens” by John Ruskin.
Continue your Gothic journey bathed in light… The immense, luminous nave at last reveals itself, imperial. Sit down for a few minutes and contemplate the cathedral from the inside. Then, take in the fabulous nave. Admire the harmony that surrounds you. Imagine, for a moment, how this masterpiece of unity and balance was built.
Night has fallen on the cathedral of Amiens. Slowly, spectators make their way to the forecourt. They stop in front of the Western porches. As if from nowhere, words, music and colours decorate the façade. For a few minutes, the stone statues come back to life, dressed in their middle-age colours.
Two richly decorated Carrara marble tombs, a throne chair on which Saint Vincent de Paul sat when he preached his first mission, a step on the Saint James of Compostela pilgrim route. The Folleville church well and truly deserves its status as a world heritage site.
July 2005, 23 belfries in the North of France are listed as world heritage buildings. These include Amiens, Doullens and Lucheux. These belfries are characteristic of our region. They shape the landscapes and town centres. They symbolise the birth of common power; independence of the villages from the lords. They were destroyed, but each time the inhabitants brought them back from their ashes.
Push the heavy door to the belfry of Amiens. Its walls are covered in thousands of graffiti. As you look round, you can work out a kangaroo, engraved by Australian soldiers, a scene of a hanging, Christ on the cross, to name just a few. Go up the 208 steps: from the top of the belfry, you'll feel like you're guarding the city.
In Doullens, stand in front of the brick and stone belfry. Admire its slender tower. The room with crossed vaults will leave you speechless. Visit the Belfry of Lucheux too, which has kept is medieval character. Joan of Arc came here in 1430. With a bit of imagination, you can still here the sound of horseshoes echoing in the village streets.