Palais du Tau
Cathédrale Notre Dame
Imagine the egos and extravagance of a French royal coronation. The focal point of such bejewelled pomposity was Reims’ resplendent...
Thanks to a donation from the US-based Carnegie Foundation, the lobby of the Bibliothèque boasts gorgeous 1920s mosaics, stained glass,...
Joan Of Arc Statue
A strangely expressionless statue of Joan of Arc, raised high on a rearing horse and bearing a sword, graces this square facing the...
Café du Palais
Run by the same family since 1930, this art deco cafe is the place to sip a glass of Champagne. Lit by a skylight is an extraordinary...
Anna-S – La Table Amoureuse
So what if the decor is chintzy – there is a reason why this bistro is as busy as a beehive. Friendly service and a menu packed with...
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Palais du Tau information
A Unesco World Heritage Site, this lavish former archbishop’s residence, redesigned in neoclassical style between 1671 and 1710, was where French princes stayed before their coronations – and where they threw sumptuous banquets afterwards. Now a museum, it displays truly exceptional statuary, liturgical objects and tapestries from the cathedral, some in the impressive, Gothic-style Salle de Tau (Great Hall). Treasures worth seeking out include the 9th-century talisman of Charlemagne and Saint Remi's golden, gem-encrusted chalice, which dates to the 12th century.