Reims, what a history !
There are few cities that have marked the history of France, and of Europe, to such a great extent as Reims. Ancient history, because 33 kings were crowned here in the cathedral, as well as more recent history. It was in Reims that Germany capitulated in 1945, and again in Reims that reconciliation was sealed between the Germans and the French in 1962.
Reims and the World Heritage sites
Founded in 1211, Notre-Dame Cathedral is a gem of French Gothic architecture whose magnificent ‘Smiling Angel’ statue has become the symbol of the town. The cathedral is one of the town’s 3 historical World Heritage sites (UNESCO) along with the ancient Abbey of St Remi (including the St Remi Basilica) and the Palais de Tau, former residence of the Archbishop of Reims, which today houses the cathedral museum.