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Reims - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Marne
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City of Coronations and Champagne, Reims can be proud of possessing four historic buildings that are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: the Notre-Dame cathedral, the Tau palace, the Saint-Remi basilica, and the Saint-Remi museum.

The jewel of the city, the Notre-Dame cathedral is unusual in that it has been the place of coronation for 33 kings of France from 816 to 1825. Clovis was also baptized in this place in 498. The architectural harmony and remarkable statuary of this 13th-century building make it a masterpiece of Gothic art. Decorated with magnificent statues of angels with opened wings, the cathedral of Reims is really worth its nickname of Cathedral of Angels. Once inside, one is immediately attracted by the brightness of the nave and the magnificent stained glass windows, which date largely from the 13th century. Don't miss seeing the blue stained glass windows of the axial chapel, designed by the contemporary artist Marc Chagall.

Next to the cathedral, the Tau palace, a former archbishop's palace where the coronation banquets were notably organised, is today home to the Works of Notre-Dame museum, where tapestries, sculptures, the cathedral treasury and coronation-related objects are exhibited.

The next of the Champagne city's historic places to visit is Saint-Remi basilica, a magnificent Romano-Gothic building, and its museum. Situated in the buildings of the former Saint-Remi abbey, the museum recounts the history of the abbey and houses art collections from Prehistory to the Middle Ages.

Also not to be missed in the city: Place Royale square, surrounded by arcades, and Place Drouet-d'Erlon square with its lively cafés, shops and restaurants.

The museum-mansion Le Vergeur, installed in a mansion of the 13th and 16th centuries, is home to art objets, furniture and paintings.

Famous for its buildings, the City of Art and History of Reims is also well known for the cellars of its prestigious champagne houses, which are dug into chalk and open to visitors.

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Reims

City of coronations, City of champagne... Reims is eager to unveil the legacy of its glorious history and immerse yourself in the prestigious world's most famous and most festive of wines.

Rich traditions and know-how secular, Reims has also become a regional metropolis modern and dynamic thanks to its location at the crossroads of several trans-European routes, its highly diversified economy and its teaching excellence and research.

Four sites on the List of UNESCO World Heritage, the refined atmosphere of Champagne Houses, a city immersed in an atmosphere imbued with both the elegance of Art Deco facades and streets and relaxed the lively cafe terraces, an abundant and varied program of events, a natural environment where green is king... Reims opens its doors and welcomes you.

A two thousand year history...

Ancient Reims: Legend Reims was created by Remus, brother of the founder of ancient Rome. The Celtic people who inhabited the region have thus taken the name of Remi. Around 80 BC, they established an oppidum they named Durocortero ("round fortress"). After the Roman conquest, Durocortorum is integrated into the province of Belgium and became the capital. At its peak, with its 30 000 inhabitants, the Gallo-Roman city became one of the most populated north of the Alps.

Around 260 is founded the bishopric of Reims. During the great invasions in 407, Bishop Nicaise is massacred by the Vandals in front of the church he had built. He became the patron of the city of Reims.

The baptism of Clovis: The baptism of Clovis, King of the Franks, by Remi, bishop of Reims took place on Christmas Day 498 in a baptistery whose site is now occupied by Notre Dame. The conversion of Clovis to Christianity, religion of a church heir of Roman power, allowed him to legitimize its military grip on Gaul then divided.

It was after this baptism, which sealed the reconciliation of Church and State, born as the monarchy of divine right French. It's also thanks to him that Reims become the seat of the coronation of the kings of France.

The city of coronations: In 816 occurred the first royal coronation in Reims, that of Louis the Pious. The ceremony, usually five hours long, took place in the Cathedral of Notre Dame, since it was built. She continued by the coronation banquet at the Palais du Tau and a pilgrimage to the body of Bishop Remi, in the basilica dedicated to him. The most memorable coronation remains that the dolphin Charles VII, led to Reims by Joan of Arc July 17, 1429 after the siege of Orleans. A total of 33 sovereigns have been crowned at Reims, the latest being Charles X in 1825.

In the Middle Ages Reims prospered by selling her sheets, linens and other textile fairs in the south of Champagne and trading with the Hanseatic League. The rise of champagne, from the reign of Louis XIV, came complete range of its productions.

Two of the most famous sons of the city, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Comptroller General of the King's finances, and Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, precursor of modern pedagogy, Reims were born in the seventeenth century.

Modern Reims: As elsewhere, the industrial revolution overthrew the appearance of the city, who spent 30 000 to 120 000 in less than a century. Rich mansions replaced the houses with wood sides. Some of the first international airshows were held in Reims early twentieth century. Reims is indeed one of the cradles of aviation.

Then came the First World War. On 4 September 1914, a month after the beginning of hostilities, the German army entered Reims. It was quickly rejected, but she dug in the forts around. Hence, the Wehrmacht bombard the city for 3 ½ years. The cathedral, very hard hit, will receive nearly 300 shells. The seat will result in the destruction of 80% of the city and killed more than 5,000 victims.

The new Reims, which rises from the rubble in the interwar period thanks to the intervention of 325 architectural firms, has a face full of eclectic in its architecture, marked in particular by the Art Deco style.

The Second World War affected the little town. During the conflict, welcomed Reims the headquarters of Eisenhower. This is where, on 7 May 1945 at 2:41, General Alfred Jodl, supreme commander of the Wehrmacht, signed the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. The text, drafted in haste by members of the staff of Eisenhower, was to put an immediate end to the conflict. It was ratified in Berlin the following day by the heads of allied states.

On 7 July 1962, the German Chancellor Adenauer and General de Gaulle sealed at Notre Dame reconciliation between the German and French peoples and Reims erected as a symbol of peace between Germany and France.

Things to see and do

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Private Guided Walking Tour of Reims – 2 hours
Culture and education40 € Reims
Excursion to Reims in the Champagne Region
Culture and education150 € Paris
Heritage Tour of Reims in a Vintage 2cv Car – 1 hour
Entertainment80 € Reims
Private Walking Tour of Reims – 2 hours
Culture and education47 € Reims
Enigma Trail in Reims & Champagne Tasting
Entertainment34 € Reims
Tour in a Vintage 2cv Car, Cellar Visit & Champagne Tasting – 2 hrs. 30 mins
Entertainment100 € Reims
Private Guided Walking Tour of Reims – 3 hours
Culture and education60 € Reims
Heritage Tour of Reims & Vineyard Visit in a Vintage 2cv Car – 2 hours
Entertainment60 € Reims
Original Trail with Photo Challenge in Reims
Entertainment40 € Reims
Discover Reims & The Vineyards in a Vintage 2cv Car – 75 mins
Entertainment50 € Reims
Tour in a Vintage 2cv Car, Cellar Visit & Champagne Tasting – 3 hrs. 30 mins
Entertainment150 € Reims

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Joan of Arc Festival
A historical event in honour of Joan of Arc and the coronation of Charles VIIJune 2018
Elektricity Festival
A festival not to be missed by any electro music fans!September 2017
Flâneries Musicales in Reims
A popular classical music festival with high standards June / July 2018

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Cryptoportic
Cryptoportic
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Cathedral
Cathedral
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The Angel with a Smile
The Angel with a Smile
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Hotel du Vergeur
Hotel du Vergeur
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Door of Mars
Door of Mars
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Place Royale
Place Royale
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Nave of the cathedral (© J.E)
Nave of the cathedral (© J.E)
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Basilica of Saint Remi
Basilica of Saint Remi
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Jeanne D'Arc
Jeanne D'Arc
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Town hall
Town hall
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Cathedral
Cathedral
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Cathedral of Reims (© J.E)
Cathedral of Reims (© J.E)
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Basilica of Saint Remi
Basilica of Saint Remi
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Colonnades of the cathedral (© J.E)
Colonnades of the cathedral (© J.E)
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The large rosette (© J.E)
The large rosette (© J.E)
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The angel of the fountain Subé
The angel of the fountain Subé
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Basilica of St Remi (© Jean Espirat)
Basilica of St Remi (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the Saint-Remi Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the Saint-Remi Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Saint-Remi Basilica - South Facade (© Jean Espirat)
Saint-Remi Basilica - South Facade (© Jean Espirat)
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Saint-Remi Basilica - South Gate (© Jean Espirat)
Saint-Remi Basilica - South Gate (© Jean Espirat)
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Saint-Remi - The great rose window of the western portal (© J.E)
Saint-Remi - The great rose window of the western portal (© J.E)
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Saint-Remi - Rosette of the Northern transept (© Jean Espirat)
Saint-Remi - Rosette of the Northern transept (© Jean Espirat)
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Saint-Rémi - Columns on the North side (© Jean Espirat)
Saint-Rémi - Columns on the North side (© Jean Espirat)
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Saint-Remi Basilica - Tomb of Saint Remi (© Jean Espirat)
Saint-Remi Basilica - Tomb of Saint Remi (© Jean Espirat)
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Reliquary of Saint Remi (© Jean Espirat)
Reliquary of Saint Remi (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass windows of Saint-Remi (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass windows of Saint-Remi (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the Saint-Remi Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the Saint-Remi Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the Saint-Remi Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the Saint-Remi Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the Saint-Remi Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the Saint-Remi Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the Saint-Remi Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the Saint-Remi Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Clock of the chapter (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Clock of the chapter (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Facade of the Southern Transept (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Facade of the Southern Transept (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Sculptures on the reverse side of the façade (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Sculptures on the reverse side of the façade (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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South facade of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
South facade of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Roman mosaic in the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Roman mosaic in the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Archer at the pediment of the south transept of the cathedral (© J.E)
Archer at the pediment of the south transept of the cathedral (© J.E)
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Cathedral - Restoration work on the façade (© J.E)
Cathedral - Restoration work on the façade (© J.E)
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Cathedral - Lower North Side (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Lower North Side (© Jean Espirat)
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Large rosette of the western façade (© Jean Espirat)
Large rosette of the western façade (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Rosette of the Northern Transept (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Rosette of the Northern Transept (© Jean Espirat)
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Rosaces on the western façade of the cathedral (© J.E)
Rosaces on the western façade of the cathedral (© J.E)
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Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Choir Stained Glass (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Choir Stained Glass (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass windows of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass windows of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Stained glass windows of the Northern transept (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Stained glass windows of the Northern transept (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Gargoyle of the North facade (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Gargoyle of the North facade (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Gargouille façade North (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Gargouille façade North (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Gargouille façade North (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Gargouille façade North (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral - Gargouille façade North (© Jean Espirat)
Cathedral - Gargouille façade North (© Jean Espirat)
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The angel with a smile (© Jean Espirat)
The angel with a smile (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures (© Jean Espirat)
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An angelic smile (© Jean Espirat)
An angelic smile (© Jean Espirat)
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Facade of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Facade of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Model of the facade of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Model of the facade of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Basilica of St Remi - Jubé (© Jean Espirat)
Basilica of St Remi - Jubé (© Jean Espirat)
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Basilique Saint-Remi - Choir (© Jean Espirat)
Basilique Saint-Remi - Choir (© Jean Espirat)
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Saint-Remi - Lower side of the nave (© Jean Espirat)
Saint-Remi - Lower side of the nave (© Jean Espirat)
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Saint-Remi - Lower side of the nave (© Jean Espirat)
Saint-Remi - Lower side of the nave (© Jean Espirat)
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Saint-Remi - South Pillars (© Jean Espirat)
Saint-Remi - South Pillars (© Jean Espirat)
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Saint-Remi - Stained glass windows of the South portal (© Jean Espirat)
Saint-Remi - Stained glass windows of the South portal (© Jean Espirat)
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Information panel (© J.E)
Information panel (© J.E)
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Sculptures on the tomb of Saint Remi (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures on the tomb of Saint Remi (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures on the tomb of Saint Remi (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures on the tomb of Saint Remi (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures on the tomb of Saint Remi (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures on the tomb of Saint Remi (© Jean Espirat)
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