The combination of a new measured plan, a detailed investigation of the building fabric and spaces, and a reinvestigation of the textual sources for Amiens Cathedral leads to a revised chronology and a new interpretation of the interaction between the visitor's perception of the building and the geometry inherent in the spatial envelope. We show how decisions made by the founding master mason, Robert de Luzarches, determined the entire plan, but also brought inherent structural problems that were exacerbated by revisions introduced in the last phase of construction.

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