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Cathedrale d’Amiens | Amiens Cathedral

Amiens Cathedral | Love in a Suitcase

In the heart of our little city lies a giant cathedral – La Cathédrale d’Amiens. It’s one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in all of Europe and you could literally squeeze two of Paris’s Notre Dame inside. It’s enormous and magnificent.

Obviously, it was pretty hard to avoid seeing the cathedral, since it’s visible from half of the city, but we decided to wait until Chelsea and Mike came for their visit to actually go inside and tour the building.

More from our time in Amiens: La Grande Rederie / La Cathédrale en Couleurs / Bienvenue à Amiens / Les Hortillonages

Amiens Cathedral | Love in a Suitcase

Amiens Cathedral | Love in a Suitcase

Amiens Cathedral | Love in a Suitcase

Amiens Cathedral | Love in a Suitcase

Amiens Cathedral | Love in a Suitcase

Amiens Cathedral | Love in a Suitcase

One unique feature of the Amiens Cathedral is the black and white maze (or is it labyrinth?) of tile on the floor. People were attempting to follow it or solve it, but we think they were choosing the wrong color path. Maybe that’s the point of the maze though – to make it as mysterious as possible.

Amiens Cathedral | Love in a Suitcase

Amiens Cathedral | Love in a Suitcase

The cathedral also houses the head of John the Baptist – although it seems to be quite mummified and is teeny-tiny and hard to see behind the protective glass. It also makes it difficult to take pictures.

Amiens Cathedral | Love in a Suitcase

You can climb to the top of the bell tower. It’s a great alternative to waiting in line for hours to the same in Paris, which we have actually never done, so we were all set to make the climb. They told me I wasn’t allowed to go since I’m pregnant (sad face), but Chelsea and Mike did it and said it was really cool. Marc and I waited for them outside in the square and waved when they popped their heads over the kind-of-scary balconies.

Can you see them in the picture?

Amiens Cathedral | Love in a Suitcase

I have every intention of going back to climb to the top after Baby B arrives, but for now I’m happy I just got to see the inside of this gigantic work of art. The cathedral also has a really cool light show during certain times of the year, so if you’re here during that time, you’ll have to check it out.

 

 

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