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"See the Cathedral" Amiens Things to Do Tip by hquittner

Amiens Things to Do: 65 reviews and 163 photos

  The West Front
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  • The West Front - Amiens
      The West Front
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  • The Three Recessed West Portals - Amiens
      The Three Recessed West Portals
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  • The Apse - Amiens
      The Apse
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  • St. Firmin in the North West Portal - Amiens
      St. Firmin in the North West Portal
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  • Tetrafoils Below Embrasures - Amiens
      Tetrafoils Below Embrasures
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Robert de Luzarche was the single architect who built the west facade and nave between 1220 and 1238.. A little after 1300 his assistants had completed the entire structure. The immense Rose window was not finished until the 16C. The two towers are of unequal size and do not have spires (but there is a very tall one (110m) on the crossing tower added in1529.).Of course Viollet-le-Duc restored it in the 1850’s (with no later criticisms). The three west portals are deeply recessed and the statuary on the embrasures are graceful. They were created shortly after the South porch of Chartres and probably used the same sculptors or their followers.The statues on the trumeaux are masterpieces. (See our picture of St. Firmin ,the 4C evangelizer of Amiens on the Northwest portal). Higher up is a gallery of Ancient Kings. Many more statues were added when the buttresses were strengthened in the 15C. The carving of the stonework is carefully designed. throughout. Below the embrasures the lower walls are covered with tetrafoils containing basreliefs depicting in sets: virtue, vices, signs of the Zodiac, Labors of the Months and other groups. Similar series are preseent on the South porch at Chartres.

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  • Written Jan 26, 2009
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