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CATHEDRAL NOTRE-DAME OF REIMS, Reims, http://www.lumen-terra.com/img/lieux/71_Reims_cathedrale_recoupe_2.png


Master-piece of Gothic art and the cradle of the of the coronation of kings

The Reims Cathedral is one of the first monuments to have been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. About 1 million people come here each year.

Built between 1211 and 1516, it is one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic art. This is there that Clovis was baptized, making France the “Eldest daughter of the Church”. Many other kings were crowned here, among whom were Louis the Pious (son of Charlemagne), Saint Louis, Charles VII (who came here with Joan of Arc), Francis I and Louis XIV. From 1027, only two kings were not crowned in Reims: Louis XI crowned in Orleans and Henri IV, crowned in Chartres. Coronations were always at the hands of the archbishop so as to signify that the monarchy had divine rights: Royalty did not come from man but from God. The coronation of Charles X in 1825 was the last one in Reims. France would no longer have a sovereign, reason for the end of coronations in Reims.

Visitors and pilgrims can admire the exceptionally large Rayonnant Gothic façade of the cathedral. Once through the doorway, one discovers the height of the vaults and the numerous statues that are inside this edifice of impressive beauty, worthy of the great kings of France.

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