Journey to the heart ofthe UNESCO heritage
What greater recognition is there for a city than being inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites? 2 World Heritage Sites! Yes, because Reims has the honour of being rewarded twice for the great wealth of its heritage: the first time in 1991 with the inscription of the Cathedral, the Palace of Tau and the old Saint Remi Abbey and more recently in 2015, with the inscription of the Champagne Landscapes.
Treasures of inestimable value
Touring the sites of Reims on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites will enable you to discover treasures of inestimable value, symbols of the central place of Reims in History. We’ll take you there!
Any tour of Reims must begin with the Notre Dame Cathedral. And for good reason, it is an architectural jewel, the beauty of which is acclaimed unanimously. Larger than Notre-Dame de Paris, it also has an exceptional statuary: 2,303 statues adorn its facades. Biblical scenes, a gallery of kings, a bestiary, gargoyles, so many stories to tell for the guides who bring you to discover it.
Inside, another beauty awaits you, that of stained glass: the first big Rose, which has just been renovated, but also contemporary stained glass, in the works by Marc Chagall and Imi Knoebel, for a subtle blend of tradition and modernity, bathing the Cathedral with a unique light.
THE MUST-SEE DUO: NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL AND THE PALACE OF TAU
After the Cathedral, you must tour the Palace of Tau, the former palace of the Archbishop of Reims and residence of the Kings of France during their coronations. It is today the Musée de l’Œuvre of the Cathedral. You will discover here the original statues of the Cathedral, including an impressive Goliath of 5.40 m, tapestries and the treasury of the Cathedral. In a magnificent place, it is a compulsory complement to the tour of the Cathedral for history buffs. This gives an idea of the sequence and importance given to the coronation ceremony of the Kings of France.
THE OLD SAINT REMI ABBEY: TWO IN ONE
The old Saint Remi Abbey is today made up of two monuments: the Saint Remi Basilica and the Saint Remi Museum. Although a little out of the way, you cannot and must not leave Reims without visiting it. The Basilica is the little jewel of the people of Reims. The interior, combining Gothic and Romanesque styles, is sumptuous. The museum occupies the Benedictine Abbey. It has a very beautiful collection presented in an exceptional setting. Around the cloister, perfectly highlighted, the different rooms are devoted to history, from prehistory to the Renaissance to Gallo-Roman archaeology...
CHAMPAGNE REGION: NEW UNESCO TREASURE
In 2015, the UNESCO Committee validated the listing of Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars as a World Heritage Site. The inscription includes 3 sites: the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, the historic vineyards of Hautvillers and the Saint Nicaise Hill in Reims. The cellars of the Champagne Houses located in this area are unique. They were set up in old chalk quarries, creating galleries of dizzying heights, called "crayères". Town planning related to Champagne is also part of the listing. The Champagne Park and the Chemin Vert Garden City are two examples worth seeing.