Palais du Tau

Palais du Tau information

Location
Reims , France
Address
2 place du Cardinal Luçon
More information
www.palais-du-tau.fr
Prices
adult/child €7.50/free, incl cathedral tower €11/free
Opening hours
9.30am-12.30pm & 2-5.30pm Tue-Sun
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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.