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The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens (French: Basilique 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 Amiens, the administrative capital of the Picardy region of France, some 120 kilometres (75 miles) 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, estimated at 200,000 cubic metres (260,000 cu yd). The cathedral was built between 1220 and c.1270 and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.[5] 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 façade and the south transept portal, and a large quantity of polychrome sculpture from later periods inside the building.

The quatrefoils of the north portal contain full calendar cycle of signs of the zodiac in the upper quatrefoils, with the
corresponding labours of the months in the lower ones.

Amiens Cathedral-zodiac signs-labours of the month

 

Zodiaque_Amiens_01 Zodiaque_Amiens_02 Zodiaque_Amiens_03 Zodiaque_Amiens_04 Zodiaque_Amiens_05 Zodiaque_Amiens_06 Zodiaque_Amiens_07 Zodiaque_Amiens_08 Zodiaque_Amiens_09 Zodiaque_Amiens_10 Zodiaque_Amiens_11 Zodiaque_Amiens_12

(http://www.medievalart.org.uk)

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