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Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and the Palace of Tau in Reims: Reims Cathedral, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame (Our Lady) in Reims, is located in Reims, a city northeast of Paris, in the Champagne Region. Reims was the site of 25 coronations of the kings of France, from Louis VIII in 1223 to Charles X in 1825, including the crowning of Charles VII in 1429 in the presence of Joan of Arc. The construction of the Reims Cathedral was started in 1211, it was modelled on the Chartres Cathedral. The construction lasted some 80 years, expansions and decorative work on the cathedral continued for centuries. Along with the cathedrals of Amiens, Bourges and Chartres, the Reims Cathedral is a High Gothic or French Gothic cathedral. Reims Cathedral was severely damaged during the First World War. The restoration started in 1919 and continues until today. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims gained status as UNESCO World Heritage in 1991.

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Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims - Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The statue of the Smiling Angel at the north portal of...

Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The statue of the Smiling Angel at the north portal of the west façade of Reims Cathedral. The Smiling Angel was damaged during the First World War, caused by a german shell, the already famous Smiling Angel became the icon for French wartime propaganda. The statue was restored after the war. Reims Cathedral was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1991.

  1. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims - Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The statue of the Smiling Angel at the north portal of...

    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The statue of the Smiling Angel at the north portal of the west façade of Reims Cathedral. The Smiling Angel was damaged during the First World War, caused by a german shell, the already famous Smiling Angel became the icon for French wartime propaganda. The statue was restored after the war. Reims Cathedral was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1991.

  2. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims - Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The splendid decorations of Reims Cathedral close to...

    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The splendid decorations of Reims Cathedral close to the flying buttresses. The statues of the many mythical animals had the duty to protect the cathedral from evil and dark spirits. The pillars of the flying buttresses contain niches with the statues of angels. The outside and inside of Reims Cathedral is decorated with a great number of statues of angels.

  3. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims - Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The roof cresting of Reims Cathedral is decorated...

    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The roof cresting of Reims Cathedral is decorated with numerous sculpted clovers and the 'Fleur-de-Lys', a stylized lily, a symbol of France and also the symbol of the Virgin Mary. Reims Cathedral was severely damaged during the First World War. The restoration of the cathedral started in 1919 and continues until today. 

  4. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims - Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: One of the stone gargoyles of Reims Cathedral. The...

    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: One of the stone gargoyles of Reims Cathedral. The cathedral is a High Gothic or French Gothic cathedral, the construction lasted about 80 years, the expansions and decoration work on the cathedral continued for centuries. Reims Cathedral is decorated with numerous statues of angels, that's why the cathedral is also known as the 'Cathédrale des Anges', the 'Cathedral of Angels'.

  5. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims - Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The blue stained glass windows for the Axial Chapel of...

    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The blue stained glass windows for the Axial Chapel of Reims Carhedral were designed by the Russian-French artist Marc Chagall, they were made by Charles Marq and his wife Brigitte Simon in 1974. Charles Marq brought back into production the medieval techniques used in the town of Reims during the 13th century to produce the special blue of the windows, known as 'Chartres Blue'.

  6. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims - Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The vaulted ceiling of Reims Cathedral. The...

    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The vaulted ceiling of Reims Cathedral. The cathedral is about 138 metres long, 30 metres wide in the nave and 38 metres high in the centre. Reims Cathedral has stained glass windows dating from the 13th until the 20th century. The huge rose window above the main portal is the most important window. Reims Cathedral is a High Gothic or French Gothic cathedral. 

  7. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims - Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: a sculpted angel sitting on a gargoyle. Reims...

    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: a sculpted angel sitting on a gargoyle. Reims Cathedral is adorned with 2303 statues, the west façade is the most beautiful part of Reims Cathedral and a true masterpiece of medieval art. The portals of the cathedral are the largest Gothic portals in the world. The portals of Reims Cathedral are overwhelming adorned with sculptures dating from the 13th century.

  8. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims - Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The façade of the south transept of Reims...

    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The façade of the south transept of Reims Cathedral is adorned with sculptures. Reims Cathedral was the site of twenty-five coronations of the kings of France, from King Louis VIII in 1223 to King Charles X in 1825, including the crowning of King Charles VII in 1429 in the presence of Joan of Arc, also known as the 'Maid of Orléans'.

  9. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims - Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The gate into the residence of the Archbishop of...

    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The gate into the residence of the Archbishop of Reims, the Palace of Tau, lies next to Reims Cathedral. The original church on the site of Reims Cathedral was the church where King Clovis I was baptized by Saint Remi, bishop of Reims, in 496 AD. A cathedral was built on the same site, but it burned down in 1210, the construction of the present Reims Cathedral started in 1211.

  10. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims - Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The Palace of Tau is located next to the Reims...

    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau in Reims: The Palace of Tau is located next to the Reims Cathedral.The T-shaped layout of the building gave it its name, the Palace of Tau, Tau is the letter T in the Greek alphabet. The Palace of Tau was the residence of the kings of France before their coronation in the Reims Cathedral. Now, the Palace of Tau is a museum, a most remarkable object is the talisman of Charlemagne.