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What is known of Amiens, is it a populous city of art and history with many monuments?
The French commune of Amiens is part of the Somme department. It stretches Lille in the ranking of the most populated communes in Hauts-de-France. In 2013, the Amiens population is close to 135,000 inhabitants, making it the eighth most populous city in France. The numerous canals and floating gardens (hortillonnages) have earned it the nickname of ‘Small Venice of the North’. Amiens offers a rich heritage and atypical villages. The city of Amiens has valued its heritage thanks to the label ‘City of Art and History’.
Amiens has the largest number of monuments listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, including its Notre-Dame Cathedral, a jewel of Gothic art and one of the largest cathedrals in the contemporary world. Amiens was the historic capital of Picardy. Cultural and artistic life have fostered the development of the city. Among the personalities who made the fame of this commune of Somme, are Jules Verne and his wife, who settled here at the end of the 19th century. In 1882, Jules Verne and his wife found a residence in Amiens, at the moment when the author was at the height of his glory.
The house is bought and opened to the public in 1980 and receives funding from the association. In the year 2000, the city acquires the entire collection gathered of 30,000 original pieces. Located in the northern part of the Parisian basin, Amiens is close to Paris, Lille, London and Brussels, which gives it many advantages. In straight line, 115 km separate Amiens from Paris. Nationally, Amiens is located 97 km from Lille, 100 km from Rouen, 144 km from Reims and 162 km from the port of Le Havre. Amiens is a crossroads city of the north of France, but also of all Europe.
The individual adjoining houses characterize the city and its strategies of urbanization. These traditional houses of the suburbs, made of brick, were born during the industrial revolution.
Are there several interesting discoveries for tourists in Amiens?
Saint-Leu district of Amiens
Recently renovated, the oldest district of Amiens has now art galleries, bookshops, boutiques and antique shops. To visit on foot, by bike or car, Saint-Leu reveals itself to whom knows to take the time. In this neighborhood, if you are sitting on the terrace of a house or a cafe, you will have an unparalleled view of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. This district is known for its floating market, supplied by the gardeners of the Hortillonnages.
Visit the House of Jules Verne
Situated on Charles-Dubois Street in Amiens, the Jules Verne house now houses a museum that shows the life and work of the author of more than 30 novels in his lifetime.
The Jules-Verne International Center developed the ‘Maison de Jules Verne’ from 2000 to 2010. Closed on March 31st 2005 for restoration, it reopened its doors on March 28th 2006 and celebrated the 101 years since Jules Verne’s death. More than 700 objects that belonged to the author of the ‘Mysterious Island’, ‘Travel to the Center of the Earth’ and the creator of ‘Captain Nemo’ will be presented to you during the visit of this museum.
Floating Gardens Park
Set of floating gardens, also known as Hortillonnages, this garden extends over 300 hectares and offers walks for family escapes. The Association for the protection and safeguarding of the site and the hortillonnages environment takes care of these places. This association ensures the maintenance of the ditches, the reinforcement of the banks and the pruning of the trees without ever distorting the landscape which will have earned its gardens to be inscribed in the list of French monuments.
The Building facing the Nord Station, this tower is built of reinforced concrete, one of the first and most famous. 104 meters high with 27 floors, the tower was one of the largest in the world and in Western Europe. It’s been part of the French historical monuments list since 1975.
One of the largest cathedrals in France in terms of volume, it has been a French historical monument since 1862. With a classical Gothic architecture, this cathedral was built in the 4th century, when Amiens had an important Christian community led by its bishop. 145m long, 42m high and a total volume of 200,000 m3, this cathedral was one of the largest buildings ever built.
Stay in Amiens in modern and contemporary comfort rooms and be served by pleasant staff
Ibis style Amiens Cathedral
The 3-star Ibis of Amiens hotel is located in the city center and has 47 rooms spread over 3 floors. Your pets are welcome. The Ibis style offers rooms with modern and contemporary comfort, while having thought to keep the historic design of the place. This hotel improvises entertainment for its guests. It is a 15-minute walk from the train station.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Amiens
Featuring 24 non-smoking rooms, Holiday Inn is a 2-star hotel. Considered as the economic hotel in the region, it is close to the major tourist attractions in Amiens, to quote only the cathedral of Amiens and the Hortillonnages. The Holiday Inn d 'Amiens is also close to a train station. The main advantage of this hotel: the hearty meals served by a pleasant and smiling staff.
Hotel Alsace-Lorraine (2-star – free Wi-Fi)
This 24-room hotel is less than one kilometer far from the region's best tourist attractions. Also located near the floating gardens park, the hotel Alsace-Lorraine has daily rates starting from 65 euros.
How to join Charles de Gaulle Airport from Amiens
Amiens is 132 km away from Charles de Gaulles airport. To reach the Parisian airport from Amiens, you can take the A1 and the A29 by van or private minivan. This itinerary also takes the D934 passing Domart-sur-la-Luce before joining the A1, then the Francilienne.