The City of Amiens and the Amiens Cathedral

Amiens (French pronunciation: ​[a.mjɛ̃]) is a small city and commune (township or municipal in French’s administrative structure) in northern France, 120 km (75 mi) north of Paris and 100 km (62 mi) south-west of Lille. It is the capital of the Somme department in Picardy region. The city had a population of 136,105 according to the 2006 census.

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The town has much texture in history. It named as Ambianum by the Romans, meaning settlement of the Ambiani people. In 1113 the city was recognized by the King of France, and joined to the Crown of France in 1185. In 1597, Spanish soldiers held the city during the six-month Siege of Amiens, before Henry IV regained control.  During the 1870 Battle of Amiens, when the Somme was invaded by Prussian forces, Amiens was occupied.

Amiens was much damaged during the First and Second World Wars being occupied by German and French in turns several times. Indeed the city has an important signature in the First world war. In the 1918 Battle of Amiens was the opening phase of the Hundred Days Offensive, which led directly to the Armistice with Germany that ended the war.  The recovery construction from the Second world war gave the city a new structures primarily built of brick, concrete and white stone with slate roofs. The architect Auguste Perret designed the Gare d'Amiens train station and nearby Tour Perret.

Amiens Cathedral, the tallest of the large, classic, Gothic churches of the 13th century and the largest in France of its kind, is a World Heritage Site. It is one of the main site for traveler to see. December is one of the best times to visit the two as it hosts the largest Christmas market in northern France. Amiens is known for a few local foods, including "macarons d'Amiens", almond paste biscuits; "tuiles amienoises", chocolate and orange curved biscuits; "pâté de canard d'Amiens", duck pate in pastry; "la ficelle Picarde", an oven-baked cheese-topped crêpe; and "flamiche aux poireaux", a puff pastry tart made with leeks and cream.

Amiens Cathedral, The City of Amiens, France. World Heritage Site

Amiens - La Cathédrale en couleurs

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