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Northern France with kids!

By |2018-04-20T08:20:20+00:00August 15th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Amiens labyrinth In northern France, drive first from Paris to Bayeux to see the Bayeux Tapestry. There are good audioguides for both adults and kids. Going through all the panels of the tapestry is as interesting as reading comic strips! If you have time, the next day check out Mont St. Michel. It's a great Romanesque [...]

Gothic Cathedral – Middle Ages – History of architecture

By |2018-04-16T10:32:24+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Gothic cathedral: Nave of Rouen cathedral (1200s AD) Northern France gets rich enough to build cathedrals In the late 1100s and early 1200s AD, the kings of France, Philip and his son Louis, whose capital was Paris in the north, managed to conquer the south of France and make it part of their kingdom. Now all [...]

Inside Amiens cathedral

By |2018-04-14T12:43:03+00:00July 29th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Elevation of Amiens cathedral (begun 1220 AD) Where Chartres cathedral had a full gallery above the side aisles, Amiens has only a thin false gallery like Reims, with windows behind it that let in more light. Amiens transept In each arm of the transept, there is a huge rose window, with more windows beneath it. At Chartres the [...]

Amiens cathedral – medieval France

By |2018-04-14T12:42:35+00:00July 29th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Façade of Amiens cathedral in France Amiens is not far from Reims, in northern France, and when the bishop of Reims began building a big new cathedral in 1211 AD, naturally the bishop of Amiens wanted one too. In fact, Bishop Evrard of Amiens was determined to have the biggest cathedral in France, so he built his nave 138 feet high - [...]