This international symposium marks the start of the University of Picardie Jules Verne’s celebration of the octocentenary of the laying of the cathedral's first stone (1220-2020). It is supported by many local partners which attests to the importance of this monument in this city: the Hauts-de-France region, Amiens Métropole, Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, SFR Numérique et Patrimoine, Académie des sciences, lettres et arts d'Amiens, Société des Amis de la Cathédrale, Société des Antiquaires de Picardie and the Diocesian Association of Amiens.
The influence of Amiens Cathedral since the Middle Ages is shown at a local, regional, national and European level, as well as from a spiritual, material and temporal perspective.
The spiritual influence of the cathedral is seen through the ceremonies, pilgrimages and encounters that have taken place, and by how the clergy and faithful have used this monument throughout the centuries. This monument has also witnessed countless devotions, as the location for local cults and venerations of relics such as the head of St John the Baptist.
Its temporal influence also radiates beyond the cathedral walls, with the centre of the temporal government extending across the entire diocese of Amiens from which it derives its revenue. As the seat of the canonical and episcopal government in the Middle Ages, the cathedral has become the cradle for new political and civil challenges for its users, its tourism development, as well as its conservation and management.
Amiens Cathedral’s formal, material and technical aspects resonate in all who set their eyes on this monument, through imagination, art or history.
This event will take place in several locations; refer to the programme in the image gallery for more information.