Reims - Do & See
Reims has no less than four monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The city is also known for its famous Champagne houses that are open to the public, many of them providing tours of their cellars, wine tastings and gala dinners.
Musée des Beaux-Arts
The Fine Arts Museum museum is housed in the former living quarters of the Abbey of Saint-Denis and has extensive collections from the Renaissance to the present day.
Musée Saint Rémi
The famous Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Remi with the shrine of the Holy Ampula used for French kings’ coronations, is a magnificent building in classical style.
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Musee de la Reddition
This "Museum of Surrender" is situated behind the SNCF station. The museum preserves the map room intact of General Eisenhower’s headquarters, in which the German army signed their full surrender on 7th May, 1945.
The Foujita Chapel
In the tradition of primitive Christian art, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Peace, inaugurated in 1966, was thought up by Léonard Foujita.
Palais du Tau
Residence of the bishops and later the archbishops of Reims, this palace is now the museum of the architectural construction of the cathedral. Visitors can still see how the palace was in the 16th century.
Fort de la Pompelle
A fort built by General Séré de Rivière in 1880, that heroically resisted throughout World War I from 1914 to 1918 under German assault waves and bombardment.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Notre-Dame de Reims is a Roman Catholic cathedral where the kings of France once were crowned. The most famous one was Charles VII, who had Joan of Arc at his side, in 17 July 1429. In the year 2011 this impressive structure celebrates its 800th anniversary.
The 121m long Basilica of Reims was built around the year 1000. It is classified as a historical monument and a Unesco World Heritage Site and was formerly attached to the monestary Abbey of Saint-Rémi of Reims.
Finally, a stay in Reims wouldn’t be complete without educating yourself about the famous sparkling nectar. Visit one of the many champagne houses based in Reims. Pay a visit to Pommery’s cellars. They contain some of the most spectacular chalk carvings in the whole of champagne. Mumm is worth visiting too, where the company has recently updated its tour and includes a museum area featuring old tools of the trade.