We walked from the centre of Reims to the basilique, which took a while, but it was well worth it - a fascinating place.
We visited the basilica Saint-Remy to kill time until our tour started at Taittenger, just a couple of blocks away. The abbey of Reims was founded here in the 6th century, the basilica was consecrated in the 11th century. The abbey has seen rebuilding over the years but still exhibits much of the Romanesque features. If you love old churches,... More
This cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a fairly large cathedral given the small size of the town of Reims. As with many cathedrals in France, it is visually stunning and has a lot of ornate detailing inside and out. Worth the trip during your visit to Reims and located very close to the champagne tours.
This is an older, simpler church than the Cathedral but still very large. It has been almost completely rebuilt since WW1 but the new material inside does not jar (whereas some of the external repair/restoration work does). Useful exhibition of photos from before WW1, after the shelling and during recontruction. Mainly modern glass, some very good. A peaceful place, not... More
Another ancient church in Reims (even older than the cathedral), this one lacks the spectacle of Notre Dame de Reims but is still well worth a look. When we were there, people were practicing on the huge pipe organ, so it was very atmospheric. Cool pipe organ, the tomb of St Remi, and the chance to wonder "How did they... More
I could not possibly do this church justice in such a short review. Its a hybrid church (romanesque/gothic). A four story elevation. Its the cite of the launching of the Gregorian reform movement in 1049 and one of the most important monasteries of the middle ages. The facade has been redone and is blah and the the gaudy baroque additions... More
The church has a really fascinating history, starting out with Saint Remi, his baptism of Clovis I and his tomb. There was a marvelous light in the nave which made for terrific photos. The cost is free and the staff helpful with an English language description of the history and features in the church.
If you are in Reims, stop by for a visit to this Basilique. It was a little tricky finding someplace to park, so we had to drive around a bit to find a space. But you will be rewarded with a very different church experience than the Reims Cathedral. Smaller, less ornate, more intimate, enjoy this as a later stop... More
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