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During the process of laser cleaning in the 1990s, it was discovered that the western façade of the cathedral of Amiens was originally painted in multiple colours. A technique was perfected to determine the exact make-up of the colours as they were applied in the 13th century. Then, in conjunction with the laboratories of EDF and the expertise of the Society Skertzo, elaborate lighting techniques were developed to project these colours directly on the façade with precision, recreating the polychromatic appearance of the 13th century. When projected on the statues around the portals, the result is a stunning display that brings the figures to life.
The full effect of the colour may be best appreciated by direct viewing, with musical accompaniment, which can be done at the Son et lumière shows which are held on Summer evenings, during the Christmas Fair, and over the New Year(from Wikipedia).

I have seen some light shows on the facades of the buildings but they were usually the big images, something like in the movies. Here it was different. The figures looked as if they were really painted. The precision was quite incredible. I do not remember how long lasted the show. The view changed, the different parts were illuminated, There was a comment what can be seen, what is the significance of the scene but it was in French and I do not speak French :(. It was not so easy to take pictures because there were many visitors, as you can guess.
Much better is to see the bigger picture

The view of the portal. Look what details can be seen.
The view at other time.

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