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A marvel of Gothic architecture, Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral became the official coronation site for the kings of France in the 11th century with the coronation of Henry I. It is here that Clovis was baptized and that most of the Capetian kings were crowned, except for seven. Why Reims? The power of its archbishops is undeniable, but it is also for the presence of the Holy Bulb in the cathedral that it was chosen. The Holy Ampoule was a vial that contained the sacred oil used during the coronation of the kings of France, it would be the oil used during the baptism of Clovis. This Holy Ampoule was broken during the Revolution but some pieces were recovered and are now kept in a reliquary.

This attachment to royalty can be seen on the façade of the cathedral where a gallery of kings with 56 statues is enthroned. In the center of this gallery, one can see Clovis, his wife Clotilde and the bishop Rémi who baptized him. The structure of the cathedral is impressive, the western towers do not have spires but still reach 82 m! The nave of 38 m and its narrowness reinforces this idea of height, dear to the Gothic buildings. Symbol of royalty, the cathedral of Reims did not suffer its most violent attacks during the Revolution, during which it was used as a fodder store. Restored by Viollet-le-Duc in 1860, it became the target of German bombing in 1914. In total, it received more than 300 shells and a violent fire devastated it: the stained glass windows of the big rose exploded, the wooden frame collapsed and the statues broke! Restored in the 1920s and 1930s, the building now rests on an ingenious reinforced concrete framework designed by the architect Henri Deneux. A symbol of the ravages of war, the cathedral was also a witness to the Franco-German reconciliation that was made official in July 1962, when French President Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer came to visit. Heavily marked by the wars, the cathedral has not lost its beauty and has been patiently restored during the last century. As a martyred cathedral, it became the symbol of the city of Rheims, 85% of which was razed to the ground during the First World War. Even today, its bell towers are home to only two bumblebees, named Marie and Charlotte. These bells, which weigh between 7 and 11 tons each, are only rung on special occasions, so as not to damage the fragile structure of the building. As for the north tower, it has neither bell nor belfry but houses the old bells melted down from the 1914 fire. In spite of the various destructions, the building has still preserved some superb 13th century stained glass windows in the upper part of the nave, the choir and the transept. In 1974, three modern creations by Marc Chagall(The Tree of Jesse, The Two Testaments and The Great Hours of Rheims) were added to these. Six stained glass windows by the German artist Imi Knoebel were added to the collection in 2011, adorning the chapels of the apse, alongside those of Chagall. In 2015, three other stained glass windows by the same German artist were installed in the chapel of Saint Joan of Arc. They are symbols of the Franco-German reconciliation. Inside the building, one will notice a nave on three levels, dear to the French Gothic of the 13th century. One can also admire the reverse side of the façade, made by Gaucher of Reims around 1260. This reverse side is hollowed out and houses 52 sculptures depicting biblical episodes. Outside, the western facade is characterized by its gallery of kings but also its floor of the great rose where a representation of the fight of David and Goliath is enthroned. The central portal is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with statues symbolizing her coronation by Christ. The right portal is surmounted by a representation of a gable representing the Last Judgment and the left portal, the Passion of Christ. The Palais du Tau, which is located right next to the cathedral, is also worth seeing. The building, the classical palace as we see it now, was built in 1690 by Hardouin-Mansart, Louis XIV's first architect, and his student Robert de Cotte. It now houses the museum of the cathedral's work. It contains the original statuary of the cathedral as well as its treasure. Among the most remarkable pieces are the tapestries of "Fort Roy Clovis", woven in Arras at the end of the 15th century. They are located in the royal banquet room where the king and his retinue had lunch after his coronation. The talisman of Charlemagne and the chalice of Saint Remi are also visible. Notre-Dame Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as are the Tau Palace, the Basilica and the former Abbey of Saint Remi. The latter houses a museum that traces the Gallo-Roman past of Reims as well as its military history and regional archaeology. The museum exhibits in particular La Tenture de la vie de saint Remi, made up of ten large tapestries of the Renaissance as well as an impressive reconstitution of the facade of the house of the Musicians of the XIIIth century, decorated with five statues of minstrels. This ensemble is a must-see in Reims.

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The cathedral is open every day from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm (7:15 pm on public holidays) On Sundays until 12:00, visitors have access only to the narthex to allow for the smooth running of services On Christmas Day and January 1st, the cathedral is open from 9am to 12:30pm and from 2:30pm to 7:15pm. The cathedral is exceptionally closed to the public on Wednesday, January 26 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am).Access to the towers, from March 15 to May 5 and September 9 to October 31: Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm; Sundays at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. From May 6 to September 8: every day except Monday and Sunday morning at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. Ticket office at the Palais du Tau. Visit of the towers : adult 8 €, reduced 6,50 €. Free for children under 18 years old, 18-25 years old (European Union nationals and non-European legal residents in the European Union), disabled persons and their companions, job seekers.

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seb9287
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Magnifique
La cathédrale a été bien rénovée depuis une précédente visite quelques années auparavant. Le blanc de ses pierres s'élève au-dessus de la ville. L'intérieur de la cathédrale est majestueux. Le calme y règne même avec la foule qui s'y presse. Une pause sur le parvis piéton est bien agréable.
nenette07
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magnifique cathédrale
pour les amateurs d'endroits historiques, je recommande de la visiter
fute_948526
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Visited in august 2021
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Un lieu historique incontournable à Reims. Cette cathédrale chargée d'histoire est grandiose notamment par la beauté de ses vitraux.
PATSY73
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Visited in august 2019
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TRÈS BELLE ARCHITECTURE
Très jolie cathédrale avec de nombreuses statues et vitraux qui sont magnifiques. Un endroit spirituel qui vous permet d'admirer toute la beauté de ce lieu.
mapie70
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Visited in june 2019
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Belle cathédrale
Un partie de l'extérieure est en rénovation mais l'intérieur est Gigantesque. Quand on voit la liste des rois de France couronnés dans cette cathédrale on comprend sa "grandeur".
dricard
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Visited in may 2019
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Cathédrale majestueuse
Une des cathédrales les plus imposantes de France. Lieu historique exceptionnelle de part le fait que les rois de France et Napoléon furent couronnés dedans. Un très beau spectacle de sons et lumières est organisée le soir sur la façade de la cathédrale. Vaut le détour.
1520
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Visited in may 2019
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Cathédrale de Reims
La cathédrale possède des vitraux crées par Chagall. A ne pas manquer lors de la visite de Reims.
Et depuis le mois de mai, un son et lumière "Régalia" sur le baptême de Clovis, magnifique à ne pas manquer.
loublou
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Visited in may 2019
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Impossible de résister au sourir de l'ange qui vous accueille et invite à visiter la cathédrale. L'édifice est impressionnant, prenez votre temps pour observer la façade, l'architecture et les vitraux
minimeuf08
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Impressionnante
C'est une oeuvre d'architecture, il faut la visiter au moins une fois dans sa vie :)
clems37
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Magnifique cathédrale
La cathédrale de Reims est le monument emblématique de la ville champenoise. C'est là qu'ont été couronnés de nombreux rois. Le bâtiment est majestueux et notamment sa façade avec des décors très finement sculptés. L'intérieur n'est pas en reste avec de beaux vitraux.
Deudeuche
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Visited in december 2018
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J'ai visité la cathédrale en allant sur le marché de noel qui se trouve au pied de celle-ci. La cathédrale est très belle et la boutique de vente avec ses creches, anges, fées, etc... est très bien, les prix sont abordables.
BAGGIO51
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Visited in december 2018
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Sûrement la plus belle cathédrale de France. Souvent attaquée, mais toujours debout
olivgon
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Visited in october 2018
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un lieu chargé d'histoire où ont été sacrés de nombreux rois de France.
une architecture magnifique, même pour une personne athée comme moi.
Un batiment magnifique, une horloge énorme, un orgue somptueux.
l'extérieur est aussi joli que l'intérieur, vous y verrez l'ange au sourire.
Très belle exposition photo actuellement sur les dégats qu'elle a connus pendant la 1ere guerre mondiale et sa reconstruction.
fute_186030
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Visited in july 2018
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quartier de la cathédrale est vraiment a voir route en pavée cathédrale unique
Joan_Nick
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La cathédrale des rois de France à observer de tous les côtés externes et internes.
Beaux vitraux modernes.
Expo de photos des désastres de la guerre et panneaux explicatifs très bien réalisés.
A voir absolument pour les férus d'Histoire.

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