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Notre Dame de Reims

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Reims, France.

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The façade of Reims Cathedral is overwhelmingly complex and a triumph of Gothic architecture, appearing somewhat out of place amongst the small surrounding houses. 24 Kings of France were crowned here, including Charles VII, watched by Joan of Arc. Construction began in 1211, but the site far predates this as a location for several churches since the 4th Century. Although many of the interior features were destroyed in the Revolution, there is a beautiful rose window to be seen and some ornamental bar tracery, first developed here. Some of the destroyed stained glass windows were restored or replaced, including those in the end chapel, which were made by Marc Chagall.

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Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims

The outstanding handling of new architectural techniques in the 13th century, and the harmonious marriage of sculptural decoration with architecture, has made Notre-Dame in Reims one of the masterpieces of Gothic art. The former abbey still has its beautiful 9th-century nave, in which lie the remains of Archbishop St Rémi (440–533), who instituted the Holy Anointing of the kings of France. The former archiepiscopal palace known as the Tau Palace, which played an important role in religious ceremonies, was almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century.

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