Amiens Cathedral: Detail, base of trumeau figure, north portal



Against the trumeau of the north portal stands Firmin, the first bishop of Amiens; Firmin treads the figure of Sebastianus, the Roman offical responsible for his death.

The cathedral, dedicated to Notre-Dame, is a classic example of 13th-century architecture and sculpture. Built between 1220 and ca. 1270, it replaced a complex of episcopal buildings. The names of the architects are known from the labyrinth (destroyed 18th century; reconstructed 1894-1897) that in 1288 was set into the floor of the nave: Robert de Luzarches, Thomas de Cormont and Regnault de Cormont. The cathedral is the tallest complete cathedral in France, with the greatest interior volume (estimated at 200,000 m³).


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Decorative arts

  • Sculpture, French

  • Architecture

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Gothic (Medieval)

Place of Creation
  • +49.895+2.302222

  • Amiens, Picardy, France: Place Notre-Dame

  • Amiens

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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