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“If you have time” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Palais du Tau

Palais du Tau
2, place du Cardinal Lucon, 51000 Reims, France
03 26 47 81 79
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Ranked #16 of 61 things to do in Reims
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The former palace of the Bishops of Reims has been closely linked to the History of France over the centuries. Monarchs resided in the Palais of Tau prior to their coronation and returned here after the ceremony for the traditional feast and celebrations in the vast banqueting hall. The most precious artefacts in the treasury are the remains of the Holy Ampulla, used since the anointing of Clovis in the 5th century, and the 9th-century Talisman of Charlemagne. The original statues from Reims Cathedral are also on display in addition to seventeen magnificent tapestries portraying the life of the Virgin. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 6th May to 8th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.> 9th September to 5th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed:> Mondays.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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“If you have time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Interesting place to visit. But there are too few notices and text explaining the exhibits or the content of what is exposed (such as the tapestries)

Visited December 2012
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“Impressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

You can see the statuary more intimately here, which helps. Photographs are allowed. And in one gallery, postcards are made available free of charge. This makes the admission fee a bargain.

Visited November 2012
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“Museum about the Cathedral and Bishops of Reims”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This beautiful and well kept museum in Reims tells the visitor a little bit more about the history of the Cathedrale de Notre-Dame of Reims. It has old statues that were part of the cathedral, many of which were destroyed in WWI, as well as the treasury of the cathedral. We found the gargoyles "spitting" molten lead one of the most interesting pieces of the museum. As many attractions and commercial establishments in this region, the museum closes for lunch.

Visited September 2012
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“Good addition to the visit of the Cathedral”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

The Palais du Tau is a museum linked with the Cathedral itself and is a good addition if you visit the Cathedral and you are interested to know more.

Visited May 2012
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“Another piece of Reims history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We've passed the Palais on numerous occasions but were inevitably caught out by the long lunchtime closure. It doesn't merit a special journey on its own, but is worth a visit to add to your knowledge about the next door cathedral.

Visited October 2012
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