- Feb 2013
- French Republic
Roman Catholic Cathedral in Rheims built in the thirteenth century, Cathedral Notre-Dame of Reims is a major achievement of Gothic art in France. World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this cathedral is famous worldwide for its coronation of the kings of France, its exceptional architecture and statuary unrivaled, with no less than 2303 statues. Completed only in the fourteenth century, the cathedral hosted the coronations of the kings of France with the exception of six of them, the most famous remains of Charles VII in 1429, that changed the course of the Hundred Years War with including the tenacity of Joan of Arc. At the heart of Reims, the cathedral reveals her measurements and gigantism: 149 meters long (138 meters indoor), 38 meters high and 14.6 meters in width to the nave, 61 meters transept, towers facade rising to almost 82 meters and a tower reaching 87 meters. The western façade spans almost 49 meters and displays a larger rosette diameter of 12.5 meters. Cathedral Notre-Dame of Reims has an unbeatable especially statuary in Europe, with more than 2300 statues, including the famous Smiling Angel, emblem of the city of coronations, and the Queen of Sheba. On the western facade, the gallery of kings, with the center baptism of Clovis, is another masterpiece. Still with some original stained glass from the thirteenth century, the cathedral also receives regular contemporary stained glass windows, the most famous are those made by Marc Chagall in 1974. Finally, the roof of the Cathedral of Reims is decorated with alternating shamrocks and lilies, recalling the inextricable link between the city and the kings of France.