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Commune of Amiens

Saint Leu area in Amiens
Location
Coordinates 49°53′32″N, 02°17′55″E
Administration
Country France
Region Picardie (capital)
Department Somme (préfecture)
Arrondissement Amiens
Canton Chief town of 8 cantons
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération Amiens Métropole
Mayor Brigitte Fouré
(2002-2008)
Statistics
Altitude 14 m–106 m
(avg. 33 m)
Land area¹ 49.46 km²
Population²
(1999)
135,501
 - Density (1999) 2,740/km²
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 80021/ 80000
¹ French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 mi² or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
² Population sans doubles comptes: single count of residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel).
France

Amiens is a city and commune in the north of France, 120 km north of Paris. It is the préfecture (capital city) of Somme département. It is considered the Picarde capital of France. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 1. ... Download high resolution version (1804x1689, 163 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Amiens Categories: GFDL images ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... This is an alphabetical list of countries of the world, including independent states (both those that are internationally recognised and generally unrecognised), inhabited dependent territories and areas of special sovereignty. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... (Region flag) (Region logo) Location Administration Capital Amiens Regional President Claude Gewerc (PS) (since 2004) Departments Aisne Oise Somme Arrondissements 13 Cantons 129 Communes 2,292 Statistics Land area1 19,399 km² Population (Ranked 12th)  - January 1, 2006 est. ... Departments (French: départements) are administrative units of France and many former French colonies, roughly analogous to English counties. ... Somme is a French département, named after the Somme River, located in the north of France. ... In France, a préfecture is the capital city of a département. ... The 100 French départements are divided into 342 arrondissements. ... The arrondissement of Amiens is an arrondissement of France, located in the Somme département, in the Picardie région. ... The cantons of France are administrative divisions subdividing arrondissements and départements. ... The commune is an administrative division of France. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... INSEE is the French abbreviation for the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (French: Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques). ... Postal codes were introduced in France in 1972, when La Poste introduced automated sorting. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Estuaries and coastal waters are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, providing ecological, economic, cultural, and aesthetic benefits. ... This page lists English translations of several Latin phrases and abbreviations, such as and . ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... In France, a préfecture is the capital city of a département. ... In politics, a capital (also called capital city or political capital — although the latter phrase has a second meaning based on an alternative sense of capital) is the principal city or town associated with a countrys government. ... Somme is a French département, named after the Somme River, located in the north of France. ... The départements (or departments) are administrative units of France and many former French colonies, roughly analogous to English counties. ... Picard is a language closely related to French, and as such is one of the larger group of Romance languages. ...

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History

The Paleolithic culture named Acheulean was named for its first identified site, in Saint-Acheul, a suburb of Amiens. Amiens, the Roman Samarobriva, was the central settlement of the Ambiani, one of the principal tribes of Gaul, who were issuing coinage, probably from Amiens, in the first century BCE. By tradition, it was at the gates of Amiens that Saint Martin of Tours, at the time still a Roman soldier, divided his cloak with a naked beggar. Saint Honorius (Honoré) (d. 600 CE) was the seventh bishop of the city. Acheulean hand-axes from Kent. ... A map of Gaul showing the relative position of the tribes. ... St Martin as a bishop: modern icon in the chapel of the Eastern Orthodox Monastery of the Theotokos and St Martin, Cantauque, Provence. ... Saint Honoratus of Amiens (Honoré, sometimes Honorius, Honortus) (d. ...


Amiens was later the capital of Picardy. wazzup Categories: | ...


Sights

The cathedral in Amiens

Amiens Cathedral (a World Heritage Site) is the tallest of the large 'classic' Gothic churches of the 13th century and is the largest in France of its kind. After a fire destroyed the former cathedral, the new nave was begun in 1220 - and finished in 1247. Amiens Cathedral 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 labyrinth, and other inlays of its floor. It is described as the "Parthenon of Gothic architecture," and by John Ruskin as "Gothic, clear of Roman tradition and of Arabian taint, Gothic pure, authoritative, unsurpassable, and unaccusable." Image File history File links Size of this preview: 377 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (480 × 763 pixel, file size: 87 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) from French wikipedia fr:Image:Amiens-cathédrale. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 377 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (480 × 763 pixel, file size: 87 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) from French wikipedia fr:Image:Amiens-cathédrale. ... The cathedral in Amiens Close-up of a stained glass window The Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame dAmiens), or just Amiens Cathedral, is the tallest complete cathedral in France with the greatest interior volume, estimated at 200,000 m³. The vaults of the... A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a specific site (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that has been nominated and confirmed for inclusion on the list maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 State... Königsberg Cathedral Gothic architecture is a style of architecture, particularly associated with cathedrals and other churches, which flourished in Europe during the high and late medieval period. ... Links to full descriptions of the elements of a Gothic floorplan are also found at the entry Cathedral diagram. ... A Roman mosaic picturing Theseus and the Minotaur. ... Upper: Steel-plate engraving of Ruskin as a young man, made circa 1845, scanned from print made circa 1895. ...


Amiens is also known for the hortillonnages, garden on small islands in the marshland along the Somme River, surrounded by a grid network of man-made canals. Somme river The Somme River (French Rivière Somme) is a river in Picardy, northern France. ...


Miscellaneous

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See also

The Treaty of Amiens was signed on March 25, 1802 (Germinal 4, year X in the French Revolutionary Calendar) by Joseph Bonaparte and the Marquis Cornwallis as a Definitive Treaty of Peace between France and the United Kingdom. ... Combatants United Kingdom, France, Canada, Australia Germany Commanders Henry Rawlinson Georg von der Marwitz Strength 4 Aus. ... Amiens Prison during the raid Operation Jericho was a low-level air attack by Allied aircraft on Amiens Prison in Nazi-occupied France, during World War II. It succeeded in destroying the prison and releasing many of the prisoners, 120 of whom were to be executed the following day. ...

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Amiens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (342 words)
Amiens, the Roman Samarobriva, was the central settlement of the Ambiani, one of the principal tribes of Gaul, who were issuing coinage, probably from Amiens, in the 1st century BC.
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 labyrinth and other inlays of its floor.
Amiens was the birthplace of Peter the Hermit and Odette Sansom (1912-1995), a heroic member of the French Resistance.
AMIENS - LoveToKnow Article on AMIENS (305 words)
Amiens was once a place of great strength, and still possesses a citadel of the end of the i6th century, but the ramparts which surrounded it have been replaced by boulevards, bordered by handsome residences.
The older and more picturesque quarter is situated directly on the Somme; its narrow and irregular streets are intersected by the eleven arms of the river and it is skirted on the north by the canal derived therefrom.
Besides its boulevards Amiens has the ample park or Promenade de la Hotoie to the west and several fine squares, notably the Place Longueville and the Place St Denis, in which stands the statue of the famous 17th-century scholar Charles Ducange.
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