Amiens Cathedral (Passages) 9

Amiens Cathedral, nave pavement

The visitor to a Gothic cathedral tends to be lost in admiration of soaring spaces. At Amiens, however, your attention is pulled back down to the pavement which seems to vibrate with rhythmic meander bands and linear divisions which do not quite correspond to the bay system of the nave. This marble pavement, originally installed around 1288, was torn up in the 1830s. However, in the 1880s a replica was put in its place.

Diagram of Original Pavement Patterns