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Amiens' Cathedral, France

Rose window

Gothic flamboyant style ornaments, western facade

Western facade

13th century

Transept and nave

13th century

Western facade

13th century

Central portal

Tympanum depicting the Last Judgement, 13th century

Western facade

The 3 portals, the gallery of the 22 kings, the rose window, 13th century

Chevet

13th century

Nave

13th century

South Transept facade

13th century

Rose window

Gothic flamboyant style ornaments, western facade, 13th century

South Transept facade

13th century

Chevet

13th century

Transept and nave

13th century

Western facade by night

13th century

Western facade

From left to right, the Saint Firmin portal, the large western portal of "the Beautifull God", the Mother of God portal, 13th century

The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Amiens is the largest gothic church in the whole of France. This is no mean feat in a country which contains such buildings as Chartres, Notre Dame de Paris, Troyes, Beauvais etc. The Cathedral was begun in 1220 and, incredibly, was finished just 50 years later. The speed of construction means that Amiens is also one of the purest of all gothic Cathedrals with a conformity across the whole building. The frontage of the Cathedral is one of the most elegant and perfect examples of medieval architecture. Considering the devastation meted out on Amiens during World Wars I and II, the Cathedral incredibly survived intact.