REIMS, FRANCE


Notre-Dame of Reims
In the northeastern region of France, on the river Vesle, lies the city of Reims. Founded by the Gauls under the name Durocorteron (round fortress), around 80 BC, it become major city during the period of Roman Empire. As traditional crowning site, Reims played prominent role in French monarchial history, the fact that makes it known worldwide. Ceremonies were held at Notre-Dame of Reims, cathedral built in high gothic style which, despite numerous calamities in the whirlwind of history, still proudly stands and with its monumental character triggers feelings of admiration and awe.

Notre-Dame of Reims


Notre-Dame of Reims
This especialy refers to the front facade, dominated by the Gallery of Kings composed of 56 statues with a height of 4.5 meters and beautifully styled rose window – both designs of a rare grandeur. Above all, what truly and at the same time marvels and enthralls is the diverse fresco of details which, with  their precision and minuteness, adorns every corner of this remarkable architectural attainment.

Notre-Dame of Reims
 In front of the cathedral  a statue of Joan of Arc was erected, one of the most glorious symbols of France. As a seventeen year old girl she was sent by uncrowned king Charles VII to the city of Orleans as part of a relief mission. After the siege was lifted, what ultimately led to the Charles' coronation, she earned her nickname The Maid of Orleans. Nowadays, the cathedral of Reims is a favourite tourist destination and recieves about one million visitors annually.

The Maid of Orleans
During my visit to Reims the weather was cloudy and the combination of shaded atmosphere and exquisite architecture made my encounter with this magnificent building yet immenselly more majestic and magical. 
Have you ever visited Reims? What are your impressions?

Notre-Dame of Reims

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