Amiens by night
- 2000"Cathédrale en couleurs" show created
- 80000visitors to the "réderie" (flea market)
A STUDENT STRONGHOLD
Below the cathedral, nestling between branches of the river Somme, stand the colourful little houses of the Saint-Leu district... It's the historic centre of the city and the place to go for a night out in Amiens!
After major renovation works, this is now a very trendy district, attracting lots of people, especially for its night life...
Houses that once belonged to dyers, weavers and tanners, with their smart new façades, now house bars, restaurants, pubs, antique and second-hand book shops.
Amiens is a university town with many young people. Bars in the Saint-Leu district are the favourite meeting place for groups of friends. Riverside terraces on the Quai Bélu are very popular in summer - so romantic!
A festive town
EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Several world famous events take place throughout the year.
In summer and in December the "cathédrale en couleurs" show brings the great doors of the cathedral back to life by recreating their medieval polychromy.
In spring and autumn the Grande Réderie d’Amiens takes place. It's the second largest flea market in northern France, after the Braderie in Lille. 2,000 stands and 80,000 visitors fill the streets of Amiens, starting very early in the morning.
In June "La rue est à Amiens", a major street theatre festival, takes place in the town centre and on the Place du Cirque. June is also the month of the Festival de la BD (comic books) and the water market, reviving the old "hortillons" traditions (marsh market gardens).
In November an International Film Festival celebrates cinema.
In December the town plays host to a large Christmas market.
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"La cathédrale en couleurs"
AN OUTSTANDING SHOW
From mid June to mid September the great doors of Notre-Dame cathedral are filled with colour. Very high definition light beams are projected onto the façade, bringing to life the Saints, Apostles and other figures.
- 10.45pm in June
- 10.30pm in July
- 10.00pm in August
- 9.45pm in September