Notre-Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Reims) was built between 1211 and 1275 on the alleged site of the baptism of Clovis by Saint Remi in AD496. This cathedral is where the kings of France were crowned.
The Germans bombed the cathedral in 1917 during WWI, it sustained major damage, restoration was funded in part with grants from the Rockefeller family.
My favorite part of the cathedral are the beautiful striking blue stained glass windows by Russian artist Marc Chagall who was commissioned to create them in the early 1970s. One of the windows depicts the principal events in the lives of Abraham and Christ, another window shows the tree of Jesse, the lineage of the Kings of Judah, and the third window shows momentous events in the lives of the Kings of France including the coronation of King Charles VII in front of Joan of Arc and the baptism of Clovis by Saint Remi.
Open from 7:30-19:30 every day
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
Reim's world-famous Gothic Cathedrale Notre Dame began in 1211 and was centuries the traditional site of French coronations. The most famous event in the Cathedral's history was the coronation of Charles' VII - with Joan of Arc at his side on 17 July 1429. The Cathedrale is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The finest stained glass is in the western facade's 12-petalled great rose window.
When in Reims don't miss the Notre-Dame Cathedral. This is where the kings of France were crowned. Right next to the cathedral you can find a little museum with some of the original ornaments of the cathedral.
An amazing and huge Gothic structure, covered in detailed stonework and Gargoyles. Doncha just love Gargoyles? I sure do!
Anyway, see them and go inside and check out the Marc Chagall stained glass windows. Beautiful!
A magnificent cathedral in the gothic style, Notre Dame de Reims is one of the must-see churches of France.
Notre Dame de Reims was the site of 25 coronations of kings of France, from Louis VIII in 1223 to Charles X in 1825. In 1429, Charles VII was crowned here in the presence of Joan of Arc. The building was heavily damaged during World War I, but has now been largely restored. There was still some work being done when I was there, but I believe this was to remedy the more modern problems of acid rain and pollution.
The original cathedral that stood on this site was of Romanesque style and was burned to the ground in 1210. Architect Jean d'Orbais designed a new and grander cathedral, which began construction in 1211. The cathedral was gradually added to over the years. The facade is a newer addition which was not completed until 15th century.
Inside the cathedral, you'll see all the marks of fine gothic architecture, including soaring ceilings and remarkable stained glass. You can also see some fine tapestries on display in Notre Dame de Reims. Of these the most important is the one that presented by Robert de Lenoncourt, archbishop under Francois I, representing the life of the Virgin Mary.
Outside the cathedral, be sure to admire the flying buttresses that are typical of gothic architecture. The view from behind the cathedral is just as grand as the front. Look closely at the garoyles on the upper sections of the exterior. You'll see goats and other animals mixed in with the traditional gargoyles (very different than other churches I saw in France!). One the front facade of the cathedral, notice the smiling angel who is located just to the right of the front door. Her famous smile makes for a great photo.
Notre Dame de Reims is an excellent reason to venture to Reims, and a must-see once you're there!
The cathedral is open daily from 7:30am-7:30pm. Admission is free.
Visit the cathedral "Notre Dame". It is listened in the World Cultural Heritage list of the UNESCO and ABSOLUTELY worth to see!
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One of the world's most famous Gothic cathedrals is well known and regarded for its harmony and monumentality. It had a rather turbulent history. During the Revolution of 1793, the rood screen and stained glass windows were damaged, but the stonework survived. Most of it, however, are only copies, with the originals in the Palais de Tau. It was damaged and restored after World War I, largely by U.S. contributions from John D. Rockefeller; but was lucky enough to have escaped World War II relatively unharmed. Major restorations were completed early in 1996 (I was there just afterwards).
Built on the site of a church, that presumably dated back to the 4th century and burned down in the fire in 1211, it was intended as a sanctuary where French kings would be anointed. The reason for this particular choice is that St-Rémi, the bishop of Reims, to whom an abbey and a basilica are dedicated, baptized Clovis, the king of the Franks, exactly on this spot in A.D. 496. All the kings of France from Louis the Pious in A.D. 815 to Charles X in 1825 were crowned here, though perhaps the most famous coronation took place in 1429 and was that of Charles VII. Why is it famous? Well, it was attended by Joan of Arc.
Taking pictures inside cathedrals require a tripod. I had some consternation at first about being able to use a tripod inside the cathedral, but learned from Fred (MEdelmann) that using a tripod is fine! In fact, in my experience shooting churches in 4 countries, unless specifically forbidden, you can use a tripod to your heart's content. Of course, one should take care not to get in the way of other visitors, and not to take pictures of the altar during service. PS: You can't use a tripod in Sainte-Chapelle, though there's no sign saying so.
The Landmark of Reims
The gothic Cathedral in France and so important for politics and history !
The outstanding handling of new architectural techniques in the 13th century, and the harmonious marriage of sculptural decoration with architecture, has made Notre-Dame in Reims one of the masterpieces of Gothic art. The former abbey still has its beautiful 9th-century nave, in which lie the remains of Archbishop St Rémi (440–533), who instituted the Holy Anointing of the kings of France. The former archiepiscopal palace known as the Tau Palace, which played an important role in religious ceremonies, was almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century.
You can see just a small part of the previously shown gargoyle on the left. And the other side of the rose window.
The church was partly in scaffolds just as it was some 13 years ago. It does look like it needs a good clean up. Most of the church is blackened by air pollution.
I find the interior of the cathedral not as beautiful as the outside. Maybe it's just that I like churches that are not such a big tourist attraction. It does not improve the atmosphere to have so many people walking about, photographing.
For many years in fact, I never did make photographs in churches.
The Reims Cathedral
It's simply magnificient. You can tour the interior and specially the basement and crypt where they are doing archeological digs.
Classification: Museums , Photography , Site Seeing
Visit Notre-Dame Cathedral which is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
This is a masterpiece of Gothic art and was started in 1211. It was the cathedral of coronations for French kings.
Notre Dame de Reims
Our Lady of Reims has been standing in the city centre for eight centuries. The major part was built during the 13th century. History has certainly inflicted wrinkles and scars on it but what a past! Most French kings were crowned in Reims. The last coronation was that of Charles X in 1825.
The gothic style cathedral is 138 meters long and 38 meters high on three levels.
Its treasures : a collection of renowned statues including the famous smiling Angel, high windows and a magnificent golden façade adorned with three gates.
Very impressive are the contemporary stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall.
I think that this Cathedral has the same historical and religious importance as the Notre dame in Paris.