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The cathedral in Amiens, entered on the UNESCO list, is one of the most outstanding religious buildings of French Gothic. It is a three-nave basilica with a transept and an elongated presbytery surrounded by seven radial chapels. The two-tower facade is decorated with numerous sculptures and a huge stained glass rosette.
The cathedral was built between 1220 and 1270. It survived the French Revolution without major damage. It is the symbol of Amiens and is sometimes called the Gothic Parthenon. This magnificent building was created to be a worthy resting place of the relics of Saint John the Baptist brought from the Holy Land, including his skull.
The most recognizable element of the cathedral is its main facade. It is flanked by two flat towers. Three stepped entrance portals are decorated with geometric and floral decorations. Above the main entrance there is the Last Judgment scene. Above the facade there are sculptures depicting 22 French kings. Both towers are available to tourists. They offer a great view of the city.