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Amiens is city in the north of France, 120km north of Paris. It is the préfecture (capital city) of the Somme département. Population: 120,000.

Amiens cathedral is the tallest of the larges 'classic' Gothic churches of the 13th century. After a fire destroyed the former cathedral, the new nave was built 1220 - finished 1247. Amiens is notable for the coherence of its plan, the beauty of its three-tier interior elevation, the particularly fine display of sculptures on the principal facade and in the south transept, and the maze and other inlays of its floor.

Amiens is also known for the hortillons, gardens in the marshland along the Somme River.

Jules Verne was member of the city council of Amiens from 1888 to his death in 1905. He is buried in the Madeleine Cemetery.

Amiens was the birthplace of Odette Sansom (1912-1995), a heroic member of the French Resistance.

See also: Treaty of Amiens

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