Amiens, France Pays Homage To Jules Verne

Monument located in Amiens, France pays homage to Jules Verne

Monument located in Amiens, France pays homage to Jules Verne

Amiens, city, capital of Somme département, Picardie région, principal city and ancient capital of Picardy, northern France, in the Somme River valley, north of Paris. Famed since the European Middle Ages are its textile industry and its great Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the finest in France. Known as Samarobriva in pre-Roman times and capital of the Ambiani (whence the modern name), Amiens became a Roman city, Christianized in the 4th century by St. Firmin, its first bishop. Its territory became the medieval countship of Amiénois, and its citizens profited from rivalry between bishop and count to gain a charter early in the 12th century. The Peace of Amiens (1802) marked a short pause in the Napoleonic Wars. In 1914, after a brief incursion into the city, the invading Germans dug in 18 miles (29 km) east; their final drive in 1918 was stopped 8 miles (13 km) from the city. In World War II, Amiens was occupied by the Germans. After serious damage in both wars, the city centre was rebuilt.  It also happens to the location where Jules Verne spent the last years of his life.  In fact it is nearly impossible to separate Verne and Amiens.  Matter of fact, a simple internet search revealed there are 1,149 locations in Amiens dedicated to Jules Verne.  These include:

  • University of Picardie Jules Verne
  • Maison de Jules Verne
  • Centre International Jules Verne
  • Cirque Jules Verne
  • Brasserie Jules
  • Centre Educatif Jules Verne

So, take a drive through Amiens, France and see all there is to see about Jules Verne!


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