Reims cathedral in photos

Hi Frugalistas!

In the second of my series on Reims I’m featuring the wonderful cathedral de Notre Dame. A UNESCO world heritage site,  the cathedral was the venue for the coronation of 33 French kings.  The cathedral was originally built in the 13th century, but like many buildings in Reims was badly damaged during WW1.  Much of what we see now is therefore a 20th century restoration.

The impressive facade

The impressive facade

I love the fleur de lys detailing of the roof

I love the fleur de lys detailing of the roof

One of two rose windows, both dedicated to the Virgin Mary

One of two rose windows, both dedicated to the Virgin Mary

One of three transept windows, built after WW1 in celebration of champagne

One of three transept windows, built after WW1 in celebration of champagne

A 1960s window, designed by a local Reims artisan, depicting water

A 1960s window, designed by a local Reims artisan, depicting water

The famous Chagall windows.  The left representing the Old Testament, the middle the New Testament and the right the Kings of France (the green images are Joan of Arc and Charles VII who Joan brought triumphantly to Reims for his coronation)

The famous Chagall windows. The left representing the Old Testament, the middle the New Testament and the right the Kings of France (the green images are Joan of Arc and Charles VII who Joan brought triumphantly to Reims for his coronation)

The modern windows designed by German Imi Knoebel

The modern windows designed by German Imi Knoebel

Light from the Imi Knoebel window reflecting on the floor

Light from the Imi Knoebel window reflecting on the floor

The famous laughing angel on the front facade was added after WWI and is now used frequently in the marketing of Reims

The famous laughing angel on the front facade was added after WWI and is now used frequently in the marketing of Reims

The next door Musee Tau houses many original features of the cathedral, including this impish young fellow

The next door Musee Tau houses many original features of the cathedral, including this impish young fellow

When you visit Reims, make sure you stay away from the champagne caves long enough to visit the cathedral – it does not disappoint!

Related post:

How to make a day trip to Reims

Author’s note:  I was a guest of Reims Tourisme during my stay.

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12 Comments on “Reims cathedral in photos”

  1. Lynne in NC 26/11/2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Thank you for posting and for the lovely photos.
    I visited this area as a high school student many, many years ago and your posting brought back some wonderful memories. I was surprised that I remembered the Chagall windows! Thank you for that photo.
    All the best!

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 27/11/2013 at 6:23 am #

      Thanks Lynne. I’m not normally into more modern windows, but the Chagall ones really were stunning.

  2. karisabroad 26/11/2013 at 11:25 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! I especially love the stained glass!

  3. I love the picture of the light on the floor. Vivid.

  4. Fantastic pictures – love the stained glass and the amazing facade.

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