Horloge Dewailly et Marie-sans-chemise, Amiens

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  • I first saw the Horloge Dewailly when I visited Amiens in 2014 and I was captivated! I looked all over town, in vain, to find a souvenir replica, I loved it that much. It is very funky/Steampunky... 
    I first saw the Horloge Dewailly when I visited Amiens in 2014 and I was captivated! I looked all over town, in vain, to find a souvenir replica, I loved it that much. It is very funky/Steampunky...  more »
  • Nice old clock on well decorated statue. It is situated on old plaza nearby Cathedral. Worth of seeing 
    Nice old clock on well decorated statue. It is situated on old plaza nearby Cathedral. Worth of seeing  more »
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  • Louis Dewailly, former mayor of Amiens, bequeathed 25,000 francs to the town so that it could build a clock so that residents of Amiens could not miss their train. The body, created by Charles-Emile Riquier, is made up of a Rococo-style spire surmounted by a three-faced clock lit by gas (later, electricity will replace gas). Albert Roze, in charge of ornament, added to the building a statue representing a half-naked young girl carrying an apple branch. She is sitting on the pedestal. The Puritans felt offended but the people of Amiens quickly gave her a nickname for their clock, she became the "Marie Sans Chemise". ruins. When the city is rebuilt, it is abandoned in a wasteland and disappears. Gilles de Robien had promised the Amiens: the Dewailly clock will be rebuilt identically and will find its place in the heart of the city center from the year 2000. With great emotion, hundreds of Amiens discovered the new clock, which has been the subject of many conversations. On December 31, 1999 at noon, the clock stamped with the 2000 vintage struck its first twelve strokes. The new "Dewailly" clock is revealed at 11.30 a.m. As the veil that hides her slowly lifts, applause rings out.
  • It's an interesting spot with this statue of Marie sans Chemise and the Dewailly Clock. I suppose for the locals it's yet another sculpture but for me as a visitor it is a stunning piece of sentimental photo souvenir. I treasure this as a memorable spot in Amiens when I visited in 2016.

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