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Amiens Cathedral

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A 13th-c Gothic cathedral located in the historic town of Amiens, N France. The largest cathedral in France, it was commissioned by Bishop Evrard de Fouilloy and construction began under architect Robert de Luzarches in 1220. It measures 145 m/476 ft in length, and the elaborately decorated exterior has a double-towered west facade and an immense rose window. Later additions include the installation of the grand organ (1549) and a 112 m/367 ft spire. Extensive restoration work was undertaken in the 19th-c by French architect Eugène Viollet-de-Duc. It was designated a world heritage site in 1981.

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