Cathedral sights in Amiens
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The largest Gothic cathedral in France (it's 145m long) and a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1981, this magnificent structure was begun in 1220 to house the skull of St John the Baptist , shown – framed in gold and jewels – in the northern outer wall of the ambulatory. Connoisseurs rave about the soaring Gothic arches (42.3m high over the transept), unity of style and immense interior, but for locals, the 17th-century statue known as the Ange Pleureur (Crying Angel), in the ambulatory directly behind the over-the-top baroque (18th century) high altar, remains a favourite.
The octagonal, 234m-long labyrinth on the black-and-white floor of the nave is easy to miss as…