Cathedral of Notre-Dame at Amiens

Cathedral of Notre-Dame at Amiens

Architects Robert de Luzarches, Thomas de Cormont

Date begun 1220

Movement High Gothic

Located at Amiens, France


The High Gothic cathedral reaches its pinnacle here at Amiens. The interior space takes upon an astounding verticality, the nave reaching its peak height of 140 feet. This verticality is accentuated by the nave’s width-to-height ratio of 1:3 (compared to Chartres’ of 1:2.4, for example). Every feature of the elevation helps to emphasize the sheer height of the cathedral—for example, colonnettes extend not only from the nave to the triforium, but from the triforium to the clerestory as well.