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The first documentation of Reims goes back to 57 BC when it was under Rome's protection. The years to follow show that Reims was a hotseat of political and religous development.
In 459, Remi was named Reims' archbishop and soon after that the city became the royal seat for the Austrasia Region which included what today are regions of France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Reims played a very important role for the French Kingdom and it was in the Catherdral, Notre Dame de Reims, where their kings' crowning coronations were held. In 816 Louis le Pieux was crowned by the pope Etienne IV. In total, 37 kings were crowned in Reims.
Joan of Arc herself, made her way to Reims. She persuaded Charles VII to move all the troups through the city and they did in July of 1429. It was then in the Reims Cathedral, where Joan declared Charles VII as her king.
Education also began to be a top priority in the city and the first university was established in 1547 specializing in liberal arts. When the Jesuits arrived in Reims however, there was some feuding over the schooling systems. A Christian school was opened and then the Jesuits began their own Jesuits College, which was suppressed in 1764. Despite the rough road however, education remained a priority and in 1808 a school of medicine was commenced.
This Unesco World Heritage city is perhaps best known for its Champagne however, as it is the hub of activity in the Champagne region of France. As a major trade center for Europe, the region of Reims is ideal for the chardonnay grape to grow and thus be transformed into Champagne. Major Champagne houses are today headquartered in Reims and offer year round tours.