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Notre-Dame d'Amiens Cathedral celebrates its 800th anniversary

The year 2020 will mark the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of Notre-Dame d'Amiens Cathedral. 365 days to celebrate this jewel of the Gothic architecture, which attracts nearly 700,000 visitors each year and is twice listed as a World Heritage Site.








Built on an old Romanesque cathedral, it was in 1220 that the first foundation stone of Notre-Dame Cathedral was laid by Bishop Evrard de Fouilloy. 145 m long, 70 m wide (in the transept), 7,700 m² in area and 42.30 m high, Notre-Dame is the largest Gothic building in France.


The octocentenary of this emblematic monument will be a major cultural event orchestrated by the City of Amiens and Amiens Métropole, in partnership with the State services. Many festivities under the high patronage of the President of the Republic will illuminate this anniversary from 23 November 2019 to 22 November 2020.


Some dates to remember...

From 23 November to 31 December: Chroma, the colouring show using digital image projections on the western façade of the cathedral, will be enhanced with a new painting as soon as it is resumed.

Meet every evening from 7pm on the square in front of the cathedral (free).

From December 6 to 8: Official launch of the Jubilee Year, marked by the illumination of the cathedral with 5,000 candles and the enhancement of the vaults with illuminated lights by the artists Nations153 and Kalalumen. A show not to be missed!

December 6 : Christmas concert illuminated by candlelight with "Les Petits Chanteurs à la croix de bois", boys' heart created in 1907.
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December 7: Concert illuminated by candlelight with the "Tenebrae Choir", an English heart of international renown.
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December 8: An official mass will be held at 10:30 am, followed by a conference. The day will end with a vigil in honour of Notre-Dame.


In the course of 2020, a symposium entitled "Amiens, le rayonnement d'une cathédrale" will be held from 6 to 8 February, and a show "Tu es Pierre" by Dominique Martens with 600 volunteers will be held on 8, 9 and 10 May.

The feasts of the Chief of St. John the Baptist will follow on June 23 and 24, before the 800th anniversary of the cathedral is celebrated on July 14.

The closing celebrations of the Jubilee will take place on 20, 21 and 22 November.


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