Cathédrale Notre-Dame

Architecture & Buildings

Europe, France, Marne

Notre-Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Rheims) is the Roman Catholic cathedral of Reims, where the kings of France were once crowned. It replaces an older church, destroyed by a fire in 1211, which was built on the site of the basilica where Clovis was baptized by Saint Remi, bishop of Reims, in AD 496. That original structure had been erected on the site of the Roman baths. As the cathedral it remains the seat of the Archdiocese of Reims. A major site for tourism in the Champagne region, it accommodated half a million visitors in 2006. See also: Coronation of the French monarch