Hello again! As promised, I’m back to share with you my wonderful visit to the fabulous Reims Cathedral and Tau Palace.
Notre Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Reims)
In many ways, this 13th Century cathedral reminds me of Canterbury Cathedral in the UK. Both are impressive structures, have an elaborate history and portray an aura of peace, importance, grandeur, piousness and simplicity. Notre Dame de Reims has a certain je ne sais quoi about it that has left me feeling awestruck. The cathedral in Reims is hugely detailed, including more than 2,000 finely detailed statues. This Gothic structure is a fine example of Gothic architecture and style, and as such is a UESCO World Heritage Site.
The cathedral boasts a fine history. Most notably, it is where the kings of France were crowned. Joan of Arc also liberated the cathedral and the city when it was occupied by the English during the Hundred Years’ War. Going further back in time, the roots of this impressive cathedral were anchored c. 490 AD when Clovis, the first king of the Franks, was baptised by St Remi (the bishop of Reims).
Notre Dame de Reims is an impressive work of art. What impressed me most was the internal light. You can stand outside the cathedral and gaze up at the detailed exterior all day, trying to count the statues, identify the figures and scenes depicted on the facade, and still not take in all the fine detail. However, the light inside the cathedral, filtered by the amazing stained glass windows and refracted around the arches, affects you from the moment you walk in.
Palais du Tau (Tau Palace)
Just like Notre Dame de Reims, Palais du Tau is also a UESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace neighbours the cathedral, so you should not deny yourself a combined visit. Palais du Tau was the residence of the Archbishop of Reims. The Kings of France also used the Palace as their residence pre-coronation. Banquets were hosted post-coronation by the newly crowned kings. Today, the Palais du Tau is extremely well-preserved as a museum, housing a wealth of treasures, including tapestries, statues, relics and a variety of priceless objects relating to the royal coronations.
A la prochaine mes amis! … Until next time!