Culture & heritage
This city is proud of its heritage but remains focused on the future !
Dive into the heart of its long-standing heritage
DOMINATED BY ITS IMPOSING CATHEDRAL, AMIENS POSSESSES A SURPRISINGLY DIVERSE ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE. DUBBED THE “PERFECT CITY” BY JULES VERNE, THIS AVANT-GARDIST CITY SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY GUARANTEES AN INTENSE AND BUSTLING CULTURAL LIFE.
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame d’Amiens
The ideal city, according to Jules Verne
The Saint-Leu district
The Picardy Museum
The belfry is a symbol of Amiens’ independence from feudal power. It was the first Town Hall, but is known in particular for its role as a prison.
2020 marks the 800th anniversary of the date the Amiens’ Cathedral of Notre Dame’s first foundation stone was laid.
UNESCO World Heritage
THE CITY OF AMIENS IS HOME TO THREE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES.
TWO WERE GIVEN TO THE CATHEDRAL, ONE IN 1981 FOR THE QUALITY OF ITS ARCHITECTURE AND FURNISHINGS, THEN ANOTHER IN 1998 AS A LANDMARK STEP ON THE WAY TO SANTIAGO, AND ONE WAS FOR THE BELFRY.
IN 2021, AMIENS WILL CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DATE ITS FIRST WORLD HERITAGE SITE WAS REGISTERED.
a bastion of both troops and knowledge!
The Citadel of Amiens was established on the via agrippa, an ancient Roman road, at the request of King Henry IV who wanted to protect his kingdom’s northern front after the Spanish conquest of the city in 1597. At this point in time, the city of Amiens bordered Spanish Flanders. The Citadel was constructed by Jean Errard de Bar le Duc, the precursor to Vauban! It was a resistance stronghold during the war of 1870 under commander Vogel, then becoming a major location for captives and torture in the Second World War, before being purchased for the army in 1999 by the city.
Under the direction of Renzo Piano, an internationally-renowned Italian architect, the Citadel has been expertly transformed into a 30,000 m2 university centre.
you can see it from far away!
At 110 metres tall, the tower comprises 30 floors, rivalling the top of the Cathedral’s spire at 112.7 metres.
It was drawn up as a reconstruction project for Alphonse Fiquet Square and Amiens Station following the massive destruction resulting from the Second World War. Completed in 1952 by Auguste Perret and made entirely of reinforced concrete, for a while it was Europe’s tallest skyscraper. At the top there’s an hourglass, to help locals tell the time. At night, its lights and colours of orange and violet really make it feel like a building from New York!
Cirque Jules Verne - Pôle National Cirque et Arts de la Rue
Officially opened by Jules Verne in 1889, the municipal Circus was a centre for cultural life in Amiens and a notable...
Jardin Archéologique de Saint-Acheul
Saint-Acheul garden is a world famous prehistoric site. Find out about the first people to live here, the fauna and...
Théâtre de Marionnettes Chés Cabotans d'Amiens
Traditional puppet theatre in the Saint Leu district, starring Ch'Lafleur (a bit of a dreamer, a grumbler) and his...