Amiens Cathedral Essay

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Bill Jamestons French II Amiens Cathedral Beginning in the eventful year of 1220, Bishop Evrard de Fouilly initiated the work on a cathedral that would eventually astound and bring awe to all who gazed upon it. Named after the region it was erected in, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, or the Amiens Cathedral, is still active to this day. This magnificent cathedral is the tallest complete cathedral in France, and also has the most interior space of any cathedral in France, at approximately 200,000 cubic meters. The cathedral has also been celebrated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. Despite losing the majority of its stained glass windows, the Amiens Cathedral is widely awarded because of its thirteenth century Gothic style and beauty. Tracing back the origins of the construction and initiation of the Amiens Cathedral are difficult because of terrible fires that damaged the chapter archives in 1218 and another in 1258 that also damaged the cathedral itself. The aforementioned Bishop Evrard de Fouilly initiated work on the monumental cathedral by hiring the architect Robert de Luzarches in 1220. The famous architect Thomas du Cormont, who continued construction until 1258, followed Luzarches. Thomas’ son, Renaud de Cormont acted as a successor to Thomas, and worked on the cathedral until 1288; however, the chronicle of Corbie credited the completion of the Amiens Cathedral in 1266, and many additions to the cathedral were made years following. The majority of the work Renaud de Cormont did was on the labyrinth, which was deemed completed in 1288. The cathedral is accredited as being made possible because of the peaceful reign of Louis IX of France, which brought in an immense amount of focus and interest in art. Thus, the influx of art developed and introduced the idea of reviving classical Gothic style in the mind of Bishop Evrard de Fouilly.

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