The skyline of the city of Amiens in northern France is dominated by the spire of La Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens. Built in the 13th century, the Church is the largest cathedral in France and was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. At times it has been damaged by wars and the weather, but miraculously survived both World Wars almost unscathed. Sadly the area around the cathedral wasn’t so fortunate and was almost completely destroyed in World War 2.
After the war, the city was rebuilt and today the buildings and cobblestone streets surrounding the cathedral look like they’ve always been there.
Urban renewal at its best!