Amiens Cathedral, Somme, France

Bob Culshaw

Westgate on Sea, United Kingdom

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A six vertical frame HDR panorama of this wonderful Cathedral exterior. It is incredibly ornate and it left me in awe of the wonderful architecture and craftsmanship of over 850 years ago!


it is a UNESCO Heritage Listed building.

104 views at 23rd June 2011

Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM Lens @ 17mm, ISO 200, f16, each frame bracketted +2, 0 and -2 EV’s. Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro and finished in CS5

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens), or simply Amiens Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral and seat of the Bishop of Amiens (currently Jean-Luc Bouilleret). It is situated on a slight ridge overlooking the River Somme in the administrative capital of the Picardy region of France, some 120 km north of Paris.
The cathedral is the tallest complete cathedral in France, its stone-vaulted nave reaching a height of 42.30 m (surpassed only by the incomplete Beauvais Cathedral). It also has the greatest interior volume of any French cathedral, estimated at 200,000 m³. The cathedral was built between 1220 and c.1270 and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.1 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 facade and the south transept portal, and a large quantity of polychrome sculpture from later periods inside the building.

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Capturing this image was a challenge – incredibly strong sunlight behind the towers and waiting for the large groups of visitors to enter the Cathedral – I waited perhaps half an hour to capture without any people.

Featured in ‘My Magic Place’ Group 14th June 2011

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