Basilica of Saint-Remi

Reims, France

The Basilica of Saint-Remi is a medieval abbey church in Reims. It was founded in the 11th century and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991 as a part of Cathedral of Notre-Dame, former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau.

The Basilica of Saint-Remi dates from the 11th, 12th, 13th and 15th centuries. The eleventh-century nave and transepts, in the Romanesque style, are the oldest; the façade of the south transept is the most recent. Most of the construction of the church finished in the 11th century, with additions made later. The nave and transepts, Gothic in style, date mainly from the earliest, the façade of the south transept from the latest of those periods, the choir and apse chapels from the 12th and 13th centuries.

The 17th and 19th centuries saw further additions. The building suffered greatly in World War I; the meticulous restoration work of architect Henri Deneux (1874–1969) rebuilt it from its ruins over the following 40 years. As of 2009 it remains the seat of an active Catholic parish holding regular worship services and welcoming pilgrims. It has been classified as an historical monument since 1841 and is one of the pinnacles of the history of art and of the history of France.

Several royal and archepiscopal figures lie buried in the basilica, but in unidentified graves. They include Carloman King of the Franks (751-771) and other royal family members of Western Francia from the 8th-10th centuries.

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Rue Saint-Julien, Reims, France
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Founded: 1049
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Chad Oakley (17 months ago)
Hidden gem a long walk from Reims cathedral. A wonderful mix of Romanesque and Gothic. Wonderful artifacts in the museum as well
Tudor Iliescu (2 years ago)
One of the most impressive cathedrals in Europe. It is free and definitely worth a visit. If you scan the qr codes you will get detailed info about the history of the place. Spare some time to visit the cathedral.
Matteo Gratton (2 years ago)
A nice walk from the main attractions, Saint-Remi is a quiet and nice area to rest (there's a park nearby) and visit a very nice old romanic church. The only downside is the very modern pavement placed in front of the church which doesn't work well with the historical value of it.
Ling Watson (2 years ago)
All these magnificent churches are going to take your breath away This might be the smaller church but still it is meticulous and gorgeous. Take a stroll inside. You will soon wonder How did the people build these ultra high ceiling structures that many years ago? Happy travels
Sanket Chakraborty (3 years ago)
Amazing one of the prettiest and peaceful churches of Reims. You can get buses from Opera Cathedral and visit it any time during the mentioned hours. I loved it.
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