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.
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 ...
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 Some have been replaced by biblical-themed works by Russian-French painter Marc Chagall.
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!
In this picture from the brochure you see HOTCHKISS 411 COACH 1933.....isn't it a beauty?
In a second hall you can walk around, mouthwatering, looking at Alcyon, Peugeot, Monet-Goyon, Motobécane, BSA, DKW, Harley-Davidson MODELS and more........as e.g. the first SOLEX and bikes dating back from the start of the 20th Century.
The Museum was created in 1985 by Philippe Charbonneaux.
The collections are renovated at certain times.....they are working there like busy bees.....they want more and better just to please us THE VISITORS.
OPEN: daily except on Tuesdays from 10AM till noon and from 2PM till 6PM
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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You must make some time to visit one of the caves. Go to the tourist information center, right next to the Cathedral, and get a list of available caves and time. The one i went was the G.H Mum cave, which is walking distance to the hotel i was staying, Continental.
A tour down to the cave and see the production line of making good champange. At the end, there are several of different champange flavors available for tasting.
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!
Related pages: FRANCE and STRASBOURG
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will, probably need only a couple of hours to walk through the museum. It is not big, but it is nessecary for those who like art.
First I discovered works of the grandson of the Karl Marx here. Look for them in modern art section. Also there is a wonderful work of art made out of bird egg shell pieces...
There is "The death of Marat" by David. A lot of works by Camille Corot.
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.
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