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24 July 2020

Amiens Cathedral 800th Anniversary

France: Amiens Cathedral, 24 July 2020. Images from Phil-Ouest.

Technical Specifications:

Day one on Friday, July 24, 2020
Illustrated obliteration 1st day Amiens(80) Post Office, 7 rue des Vergeaux, 80000 AMIENS
and in Paris(75) Le Carré d’Encre, from 10am to 5pm, 13 bis rue des Mathurins, 75009 PARIS. (entrance through 42 Godot Street in Mauroy, closed on Monday).
In view of the exceptional context, the time limit for First Day obliterations is extended for broadcasts from March 1, 2020, from 8 weeks to 6 months.
General sale on Monday, July 27, 2020 Info
Face value: €1.16 See fares as of July 27, 2020
Postage of priority letter up to 20g for France, Monaco, Andorra and postal sectors (army)
Horizontal stamp – Serration : 13
Total dimensions: 40.85×30 mm
Colors In: polychrome
Printed in soft waist 15 stamps per sheet
Issued to 700,005 copies
Graphic design by Florence Gendre
Engraved by Line Filhon
after photos © Laurent ROUSSELIN – Amiens
Metropole © 2009 – Abbeville Municipal Library – (1Fi31/85)
© The Post Office

The stamp issued on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the construction of Amiens Cathedral represents the labyrinth of the nave of the cathedral, made by Renaud de Cormont. in 1288 and the weeping angel,sitting on the tomb of Cardinal Jean de la Grange, Bishop of Amiens, born around 1373, died in Avignon in 1402.

The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens (Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens), or simply Amiens Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic church. The cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Amiens. It is situated on a slight ridge overlooking the River Somme in Amiens, the administrative capital of the Picardy region of France, some 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Paris.

Amiens is an example of the High Gothic and Rayonnant styles of Gothic architecture. Medieval cathedral builders were trying to maximize the internal dimensions in order to reach for the heavens and bring in more light. In that regard, the Amiens cathedral is the tallest complete cathedral in France, its stone-vaulted nave reaching an internal height of 42.30 metres (138.8 ft) (surpassed only by the incomplete Beauvais Cathedral). It also has the greatest interior volume of any French cathedral, estimated at 200,000 cubic metres (260,000 cu yd). The cathedral was built between 1220 and c. 1270 and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. Although it has lost most of its original stained glass, Amiens Cathedral is renowned for the quality and quantity of early 13th-century Gothic sculpture in the main west façade and the south transept portal, and a large quantity of polychrome sculpture from later periods inside the building.

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