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Notre Dame Cathedral in Reims is a 13th century cathedral, later than Notre Dame Cathedral and Chartres Cathedral, but earlier than the cathedrals of Amiens, Beauvais and Strasbourg. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Cathedral is one of the most famous examples of Gothic buildings in France.
It is famous for its architecture and sculptural compositions. From the medieval period to the 19th century, almost all heirs of the French crown were crowned in Notre Dame Cathedral.
The history of the cathedral began much earlier than the 13th century. Long before that, in the 5th century, on the site of the Gallo-Roman baths, the first cathedral dedicated to Our Lady was built by the holy bishop Nicazios. At the same time, Clovis I, king of the Franks from the Merovingian dynasty, was baptized here. He was one of the greatest politicians of his time.
In the 9th century, Louis the Pious, son of Charlemagne, was crowned emperor here. Two centuries later, Henry I was crowned in the cathedral. This period is associated with the political rise of the Archbishop of Reims, which was one of the reasons that from now on the cathedral becomes a permanent place of coronation of French monarchs. However, two centuries later, in 1210, there was a fire that destroyed the cathedral almost to the ground. The next year, a new cathedral of the Mother of God was founded here by the Archbishop of Reims Aubrey de Humbert. It is he who can be contemplated today.
In the 16th century, the old Slavic Gospel gets into the cathedral, a mysterious manuscript on which kings swear allegiance from now on. The last coronation in this cathedral was held in 1825, when Charles X ascended the throne.
Since that time, no historically important events have taken place in the cathedral, but it is maintained in good condition.
Notre Dame Cathedral is open to tourists.
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