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    Quartier Saint-Rémi

    by MM212 Updated Dec 5, 2010

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    Located behind Basilique Saint-Rémi are the ruins of the mediaeval quarter of Saint Rémi. It was originally a village separate from the city of Reims and had developed around the tomb of the saint and his basilica to cater to pilgrims. Nowadays the area with the ruins of a church and other structures has been turned into a public park. A statue of Saint Rémi baptising King Clovis I was erected to commemorate the historic event. It is also in this quarter that Victor Hugo was inspired to write the Hunchback of Notre Dame after meeting Esméralde, a beautiful gypsy, and Albert Nicart, the hunchbacked bell-ringer of Saint Rémi, whose nickname was Quasimodo.

    St Remi baptising Clovis in Quarter Saint-R��mi
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    Hôtel des Comtes de Champagne

    by MM212 Updated Dec 4, 2010

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    The oldest surviving residential palace in Reims, l'Hôtel des Comtes de Champagne dates from the 14th century. Its façade contains a series of beautiful Gothic windows and a few blind Gothic arches, overlooking rue de Tambour, which was the in the heart of the commercial district of mediaeval Reims. In WWI bombings, the mansion suffered extensive damage, but it was subsequently restored. Adjacent to it, however, once stood another Gothic hôtel particulier, known as Maison des Musiciens, that did not survive the bombings. Some its façade was salvaged and reconstructed at the Museum of Saint-Rémi. l'Hôtel des Comtes de Champagne is nowadays owned by the Champagne producer Taittinger and is used for special events.

    H��tel des Comtes de Champagne - Nov 2010 Gothic arches & windows H��tel des Comtes de Champagne - Nov 2010 Nov 2010
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    Porte du Chapitre

    by MM212 Updated Dec 3, 2010

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    This castle-like structure with conical towers was built in the 16th century. It was once the main entrance into the enclosure of the Cathedral of Reims and led into its northern entrance. While la Porte du Chapitre is no longer in use as the canonical entrance, the structure has been preserved and incorporated into the construction of adjacent buildings. The walkway through it still leads to the cathedral via a long cobbled path.

    Porte du Chapitre (out of focus) - Nov 2010 Cobbled street from gate to cathedral
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    Palais de Justice

    by MM212 Updated Dec 3, 2010

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    Located in the heart of town, le Palais de Justice is the courthouse of Reims. It was built in 1839 in a Neoclassical style, complete with a pediment supported by Doric columns at its entrance on rue Carnot. The site chosen for its construction had previously been occupied by an ancient hospital, known as Hôtel Dieu Notre Dame. The rear façade of the Palais de Jusice faces the Notre Dame Cathedral.

    Palais de Jusice, Nov 2010 Full view of Palais de Justice Rear fa��ade of Palais de Justice - Nov 2010
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    Place Royale

    by MM212 Updated Dec 2, 2010

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    Created in 1760 during a major urban planning project led by the engineer, Jean Gabriel Legendre, Place Royal is surrounded by typical Louis XVI architecture with straight lines and right angles. It is reminiscent of Place de la Concorde in Paris, which was created only a few years earlier, and is a contrast to the Gothic Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral in its background. The building on the south side, with a Neoclassical pediment, is known as l'Hôtel des Fermes and currently houses an administrative office of the local government.

    Place Royale et H��tel des Fermes, Nov 2010 Northern side of Place Royale, Nov 2010 Place Royale, Nov 2010
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    Opéra de Reims (Grand Théâtre)

    by MM212 Updated Dec 2, 2010

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    Inaugurated in 1873, the opera house of Reims was originally known as le Grand Théâtre. Its name, however, was officially changed to l'Opéra de Reims only very recently. The beautiful edifice was designed by the architect, Alphonse Gosset, who followed the eclectic style in fashion at the time (similar to Opéra Garnier in Paris). In WWI, the theatre suffered severe damage, but it was subsequently restored with an Art Déco interior, though the façade remained faithful to the original design. The theatre continues to be the city's largest and most important theatre and opera venue.

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    Hôtel de Ville

    by MM212 Updated Nov 24, 2010

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    Built in 1628, l'Hôtel de Ville is the grandest Renaissance-period edifice in Reims. It was purposefully built as the city hall in a French-style, but with a subtle hint of Flemish, particularly in its central clock tower. Construction was intermittent along the way due to shortage of funds, but when it was finalised in the 19th century, it had not deviated from the original design. Unfortunately, l'Hôtel de Ville was almost completely destroyed in a fire during WWI, so much of what we see today is from a subsequent reconstruction, also faithful to the original design.

    l'H��tel de Ville de Reims - Nov 2010 Nov 2010 Fa��ade of l'Hotel de Ville - Nov 2010 Angled view Rear fa��ade of l'H��tel de Ville - Nov 2010
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    Great New and Old Examples of Stained Glass

    by hquittner Written Apr 25, 2010

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    All of the fine 13C stained glass windows were either completely destroyed or had to be much repaired over the centuries, much of it in the first Great War. Many of the windows were replaced by plain glass but a few reconstructed stained ones can be seen. In the absidial chapel they installed in 1974 a set of windows produced by the Atelier Simon, modern experts, to designs by Chagall that are primarily in blues and reds. There are five windows in the set with the center one containing a Crucifixion of Jesus and the one to its left, the Sacrifice of Abraham. Besides the few rebuilt 13C windows, the surrounds of the altar contain a long row of relief saintly sculptures.

    The Central Chagall Windows Jesus and Abraham 13C Stained Glass Detail of Another Window Around the Altar Area

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    Examine the Interior Size of the Reims Cathedral

    by hquittner Written Apr 24, 2010

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    Reims Cathedral is the longest church (149m) in France. Amiens is 4m shorter but is larger under roof and is taller inside at the nave. while each are not as tall as Beauvais. Note that the two are much larger than Notre Dame de Paris. Like almost all early Gothic Cathedrals, it is of three levels with cylindrical pillars and a great height at the center with simple floral embellishment except for the two eastern ones which still suggest earlier type of decoration. The West end contains a giant Rose Window and a smaller one below and extensive statuary laterally on the inside face of the west end. There are also Rose Windows over each transept.

    Interior View Toward North East Lateral Nave Wall North Aisle Inside Face of West End Inside of South Transept

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    Walk Around the Cathedral at Reims

    by hquittner Written Apr 22, 2010

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    The outside of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame at Reims is symmetrical with equal towers at the west end at the north and south , each one was never given a steeple and were not finished to this level until 1428. The building was started in 1211 and the main body was completed in 1294. The crossing tower was destroyed in the 1914 Great War and never restored. There are three western portals which are flanked by fine statues some of which are better than those on the North and South faces of Chartres of the same period. Above each portal is a fine gable and above that a scene of David and Goliath and an enormous Rose Window plus a gallery of giant statues of 56 Kings of of renown with Clovis at the center. The only part of the exterior that is different is the North transept which is also elaborately done with three portals and flanking statues including a Last Judgement. The South side is not elaborate but the chevet has rayonant chapels and two sets of flying buttresses.

    West View of Reims Cathedral Longer West Reims View North Transept View of Reims Cathedral Reims Cathedral from East South View of Reims Cathedral

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    First World War Stronghold-Fort of Pompelle

    by pedroswift Updated Oct 12, 2008

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    Museum of the Fort of Pompelle. This fort was the only one ( in this region of France) not to be taken by the invading forces during World War One. Understandably the locals are very proud of this fact. Featured collection is one of military head gear.

    Pompelle repelled the enemy Extensive collection of miltary head wear
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    MERRY-GO-ROUND......

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 10, 2004

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    How about a ride on this lovely MERRY-GO-ROUND??

    I saw if while walking to my hotel, the last evening in REIMS......

    The horse on top proudly in the late afternoon sunshine....

    It already being October and evening, the many little lights were burning but there were no children anymore to have a ride......and it won't be there all Autumn and winter so whoever wants a ride: wait till SPRING is back in REIMS......

    MERRY-GO-ROUND REIMS FRANCE....

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    VISIT THE ABBEY SAINT-REMI MUSEUM...

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 10, 2004

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    In this abbey the City of Reims Museum of History & Archeology is housed.

    For centuries the Abbey was sort of secret. It was closed to outsiders but things have changed and now you can walk in and admire the Chapter House that dates back to the 12th and 13th Century.

    Very worthwhile also is the 16th Century TAPESTRY of St. Remi's life.

    Guided group visits are only by prior arrangement!

    During the mornings it is closed to the public, so take care of the OPENING HOURS, which is something always wise to do!
    So disappointing when at your arrival something you wanted to visit seems to be closed......

    I took the photograph in the courtyard and the late afternoonsun is still shining.

    The work of art is from a young sculptor and consists of a group of people, depicting a group of people who feel like strangers in the place where they are........ it was quite impressive!

    Completely made of wood, thick oak, even the balls and everything was thickly covered in several layers of black tar, which smell I like!

    THE ABBEY COURTYARD....

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    Lanson

    by aliante1981 Written Oct 16, 2003

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    And here’s one more champagne house you can visit - you have to make an appointment, though. You start with a presentation (in English, French, or German) on the vineyards of the Champagne region. Then comes the lengthy process of champagne production and - a highlight - a real actual champagne-producing cellar in operation. The exhibition is organize by the different stages of the champagne’s production - the bottling, the ageing in cellars, the riddling, the removal of sediment, and the labeling.

    It will take you somewhat more than an hour to see everything and sample champagne, but do not come in August - you will find the doors closed… Buying champagne there is again good value - one gets a bottle for less than he/she would do in a department/luxury goods store.

    Lanson Champagne - I tried second from left

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    The Veuve Cliquot winery

    by MEdelmann Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    Here I am standing in front of the barrels, which Madame Cliquot bought to produce her first wines.

    Each barrel is named after one location and there were 12 locations she had once....

    Today the winery is much bigger and they produce millions of bottles and export them in the whole world ...

    Madame Cliquot would be very happy, if she would see this ...

    The barrels
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