In the heart of the city of Reims, called the “city of the kings”, is the ancient abbey Saint Remi of Reims made of a museum and of a basilica listed by UNESCO in 1991 as a World Heritage site.
The name of the basilica refers to Saint Remi, bishop of Reims. Before his birth, a hermit named Montan had the prophetic vision of an angel announcing the birth of Saint Remi. As his mother was very old and sterile, this seemed to be unbelievable and she herself did not believe it. In order to convince her, the hermit added, “Understand that when your child will have nursed at your breast, you will only have to rub my eyes with your breast milk and I will immediately recover my sight!” This was the first miracle due to the birth of Saint Remi. As soon as he could, Remi retired to a convent. He was chosen to be bishop of Reims at 22 years old. Numerous miracles occurred throughout his lifetime and they are immortalized in the stone of the cathedral. His influence, tied to that of Clotilda wife of Clovis, is said to be responsible for the conversion of the king. Clovis was baptized by Saint Remi and became the first Christian king in history. Reims then became the city where many kings were crowned and consecrated. After the death of Saint Remi in 533, a church was built over his tomb.
The museum of history and archeology allows the discovery of the monastic life of the Benedictine monks.