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.
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.
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.
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.
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......
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!
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.
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 ...
This was another really great excursion. I went under the Gothic-style buildings and gardens of the Pommery champagne house, following magnificent 116-step stairway (sounds simple, but how about actually climbing it some time later after trying out some champagne and carrying a bottle more?) leads to a maze of galleries dug into the chalk that are more than 18km long and about 30m below ground. Again, 18 kilometers of champagne. The great thing about these tunnels is that they’re really pleasant to visit on a hot summer day. Various stages of champagne making are shown, and it is available for sale in the gift shop. 7.5 Euros for adults and free for children under 11. However, if you buy champagne (and our party got a bottle from each of the houses we visited) you’ll find that its cost + the cost of ticket is still less than you’d pay for identical bottle in shops.
Many of Reims' famous stained glass windows were blown to bits during fighting in WWI. Many of the surviving panels depict scenes of wine production, the principal industry of the region. Some have been replaced by biblical-themed works by Russian-French painter Marc Chagall.
During the Hundred Years' War between England and France, Joan of Arc, Jeanne D'Arc in French, inspired and rallied France to eventual victory. In 1429, she brought Charles VII, the Dauphin, to Reims to be coronated. She was tried as a witch and burned at the stake by the English in 1431. Almost 500 years later, she was canonized as a saint. An equestrian statue next to the Cathedral commemorates France's heroine.
Writing this is making me think of the song "Joan of Arc" by OMD.
Visites dès la mi-mars : tous les week-ends(10h00, 11h00,14h00, 15h00 16h00, 17h00)
Visites la semaine, du 1er juillet au 31 août ( toutes les demi-heures de 10h à 11h30 et de 14h à17h30 )
Fermeture de fin octobre jusqu'à mi -mars, sauf pour les groupes scolaires ou adultes sur réservation et suivant les conditions climatiques.
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Although wine-villages are spreaded around this area, we visited only few: kaysersberg and Riquewir. Last one particularly was very pittoresc. Although weather was terrible, strolling arround the midieval cobbled streets was enjoyable. Do try to buy some Riesling, Pinot Noir or Pinot Blanc.
As the Ballon d´Alsace is a famous Tour De France climb, and as I am a cycling fan, me and Ulrike decided to climb this 9km col (continuously around 9%) with VTT. Although we both finished the climb (it took me about 52 minutes), the climb did also manage to finish us. Acomplishing it however is very fullfilling. On the way back, we also saw professional cyclist Christophe Moreau (in training for the World Championchips I reckoned).
Have lunch in Reims
There are many open-air restaurants to choose from. Just sit at one of the terraces order a typical local dish and CHAMPAGNE to go with it of course!
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