Champagne - Reims Guide
Notre Dame Cathedral
A masterpiece of Gothic art, the impressive Notre Dame is one of France’s greatest cathedrals. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has seen 32 French kings crowned under its soaring ceiling, throughout the course of it’s history. Construction on the cathedral began in 1211, on the site of a church that had burnt down, and was finally complete 300 years later. The cathedral has some amazing stained glass windows and a wonderful feeling of historical grandeur. It has stood the test of time, surviving as Reims was laid flat by bombing during the First World War. The cathedral is the heart of the city, on the Place du Cardinal-Lucon, opposite the tourist office. In July and August daily guided tours are available. Open daily. Free entrance.
Palais du Tau (Tau Palace)
Next to the cathedral is the Palais du Tau, the former archbishop's palace, which houses treasure from the cathedral including tapestries, sculptures and artefacts from the kings’ coronations including Charlemagne's 9th century talisman. The "Salle du Tau", once used as a banqueting hall after coronations, is particularly noteworthy.
2 place du Cardinal Luçon (+33 (0)3 26 47 81 79). Closed Mondays.
Saint Remi Basilica (Benedictine Abbey of St Remi)
A Romanesque-benedictine abbey church, built between 1007 and 1049 to contain the tomb of Saint Remi. Also contains a collection of 12th century stained-glass windows.
Place du Chanoine Ladame.
Ancien Collège des Jésuites (Jesuit College)
The Ancien Collège des Jésuites was founded in Reims in 1606, and the building itself was completed in 1678. Guided tours in French take you round the refectory, kitchens and the beautifully ornate library. The books on the shelves however are false and remain from the filming of La Reine Margot for which they were made.
rue du Grand-Cerf.
Daily guided tours in French.