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REIMS

See the famous cathedral of Reims where all of the kings of France were coronated.

Reims, or Rheims, as it is often written for the English speaking tourists, has one of the great cathedrals of France. We have Ivy League schools that most of us can rattle off or recognize. The French have their cathedrals, visible bastions of much that is great in their culture. Amiens, Beauvais, Chartres, Laon, Paris (Notre Dame, St. Denis and Sainte Chapelle), Rouen, Reims and Senlis. I'm forgetting one or two, but the ones that are here would probably make anyone's top 10 list of French cathedrals and probably a top 20 of cathedrals world-wide. The French cathedrals are to gothic architecture what the Beatles are to the '60s. They spawned a host of imitators, some quite good and some that were even original, but for the most part, they are the greatest ones, and Reims is considered by many the finest of all. The English with stunning Durham Cathedral and Westminister Abbey might not agree. And the Germans, with the great cathedral of Cologne have good reason not to agree, but even if they are right to some extent or other, no one can deny the astounding beauty and number of great French cathedrals.

In the case of Reims, damaged by WWI and to some extent by the Franco-Prussian war of just 45 years earlier, the current greatness is largely a magnanimous gift of John D. Rockefeller and his family. It was his money that helped rebuild this superb building to much of its original grandeur. In return, the people of Reims have named their main boulevard in his honor and several other geographic entities bear his name too. The cathedral at Reims is a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Saints.

Notre Dame de Reims / Reims Cathedral
Cathedral Notre Dame de Reims - facade
Notre Dame de Reims / Reims Cathedral
Cathedral Notre Dame de Reims - detail of facade
 
Notre Dame de Reims / Reims Cathedral
Cathedral Notre Dame de Reims - interior
Notre Dame de Reims / Reims Cathedral
Cathedral Notre Dame de Reims - interior