Amiens with the largest Gothic cathedral in France

Amiens is a city located in the middle of the Somme valley. Throughout the whole valley you can find numerous war memorials, but Amiens has many other things to see. So keep your time and go on a peaceful walk.

You can start your trip at the largest French Gothic cathedral and then continue to pedestrian centre that is full of canals thanks to which it is known as Little Venice (Petite Venice).

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Cathédrale d’Amiens

Although Amiens is the old town, it is also a modern and vibrant city. The bishopric was established here already in 287 and in 338 it was St. Martin who shared half of his clothes with a beggar.

I am sure you will know at least one inhabitant of Amiens – Jules Verne. His house can be found in a vicinity of the centre where is now a museum, so you can even access writer’s birthplace.

Amiens is simply a nice city where you can choose what you want to do and see. In summer, there are lots of concerts on the streets.

Cathedral of Our Lady

The largest Gothic cathedral in France was not built only to be amazed by its size. It was founded mainly because of the head of John the Baptist, which was brought here from a failed crusade expedition. The cathedral is 145 metres long, the main nave is 112 metres high. The cathedral is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You shouldn’t miss a visit to Musee de Picardie where you can admire the works of art from many artists including Puvis de Chavannes or Sol Lewitt. With kids you can also go to Zoo La Hotoie or nearby Bay of La Somme.

Related: Destinations to visit in France

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