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I have shown recently the Icelandic volcano Sn熠ellsj闥ull. In the science fiction novel Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, three researchers descend into the volcano Sn熠ellsj闥ull, encountering many adventures. Jules Verne had never visited Iceland. For the last 18 years of his life, he lived in Amiens.
Miguel posted two pictures from Amiens. I realized that this French city is not popular on TE and it deserves more interest. So I decided to show some photos from my archive. I was horrified because at first, it seemed I lost some thousands of photos from this trip. I was very nervous. But finally, I found them in the wrong folder. wrr.

There are many wonderful Gothic cathedrals in France and the cathedral of Amiens is exceptional among them.
It is situated on a slight ridge overlooking the River Somme in Amiens, the administrative capital of the Picardy region of France, some 120 kilometres north of Paris.

Medieval cathedral builders were trying to maximize the internal dimensions in order to reach for the heavens and bring in more light. In that regard, the Amiens cathedral is the tallest complete cathedral in France, its stone-vaulted nave reaching an internal height of 42.30 metres (138.8 ft) (surpassed only by the incomplete Beauvais Cathedral). It also has the greatest interior volume of any French cathedral. The cathedral was built between 1220 and c. 1270 and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. Although it has lost most of its original stained glass, Amiens Cathedral is renowned for the quality and quantity of early 13th-century Gothic sculpture in the main west fa蓷de and the south transept portal, and a large quantity of polychrome sculpture from later periods inside the building.

I hope you will like the facade of this magnificent church. The main portal of its west front, popularly named "The Portal of the Beau Dieu" ("Beautiful God") is the deepest in France. Indeed, if you look at the picture, you'll see that there are eight rows of sculptures framing the main tympanum.

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