The ideal city, according to Jules Verne

THE AUTHOR OF TWENTY-THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS IS THE MOST TRANSLATED FRENCH WRITER IN THE WORLD ! BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT JULES VERNE SPENT OVER 30 YEARS OF HIS LIFE IN AMIENS ?

Here I am fully a citizen of Amiens. It seems to me that I was born here

Verne wrote one day to his friend Félix Duquesne

A life of adventures and passions

Born in Nantes in 1828, Jules Verne was living in Paris when he first came to Amiens in 1856 for a friend's wedding. During his visit he fell in love with the bride's sister, Honorine de Vianne, a young widowed mother of two daughters; marrying her the following year. They came to settle permanently in Amiens in 1871.

In 1875 the author, passionate about his adopted city, gave a speech in the form of a short story entitled “An Ideal City” during a public session of the Amiens Academy. It takes the form of a dream that plunges Verne into the future, that of Amiens in the year 2000.

Quote “Here I am fully a citizen of Amiens.  It seems to me that I was born here.” Verne wrote one day to his friend Félix Duquesne

maison Jules Vernemaison de Jules Verne - © L. Rousselin

The works of Jules Verne

A prolific writer, Jules Verne wrote his most famous novels in Amiens or in the Somme. His stories, always very well researched, generally take place during the second half of the 19th century.

Jules Verne’s tales can be described as belonging to the “Extraordinary Journeys” genre, and they run to 62 novels and 18 short stories, including:

  • Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • Around the World in Eighty Days 
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas 
  • From the Earth to the Moon
  • The Vanished Diamond

His work, which has become universal, has undergone many film adaptations, but has also been translated into comics, plays, opera, music and video games.

DIVE INTO THE DEPTHS OF JULES VERNE’S IMAGINARY WORLD!

What could be more original than visiting his house in the company of Jules Verne himself, his editor, his wife or even one of his characters straight from his novels?: Passepartout, Princess Aouda, or Robur the Conqueror who prefers to be called "Master of the World"?

Le grenier de la maison de Jules VerneLe grenier de la maison de Jules Verne - Somme Tourisme - AB

Jules Verne's house

In 1882, Jules Verne and his family moved into a 19th century mansion, at the corner of rue Charles Dubois and boulevard Longueville. Jules Verne at 54 years old, at the height of his fame. It was in this house, where he lived for eighteen years, that he wrote the majority of his Extraordinary Journeys.

Maison à la Tour is a red brick building. The lintels, cornices and window sills are limestone. The first floor, accessible via the tower’s spiral staircase, is mainly bedrooms. The writer's study is located on the second floor, at the corner of the building, which has four levels.

After extensive renovation work by the city of Amiens, Jules Verne's house offers a museographical space where the famous writer’s imaginary universe and daily life mingle. It showcases many works that belonged to the author as well as over 700 objects that evoke his personality, sources of inspiration, and life.

In the footsteps of Jules Verne

Explore the “In the footsteps of Jules Verne” trail, published by the tourist office. Departing from Amiens Cathedral, this walk offers a one-and-a-half-hour pedestrian loop in the heart of Verne's “Ideal City”.

The author, who loved Amiens, actively participated in local public life. In 1888, he was elected as a city councillor of Amiens and remained so for sixteen years. A walker always accompanied by his dog, he enjoyed strolling through the city.

Follow in his footsteps, and explore the main landmarks that helped shape the author's life: the town hall, the rue de la République, the Louis Aragon library, the circus, the Picardy illustrations, Saint-Martin church, and the Madeleine cemetery where Jules Verne was buried in March 1905.

© L Rousselin - Amiens Métropole

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