Reims Cathedral of Notre-Dame

Reims Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims

Reims Cathedral known as the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims is situated on the Vesle River east-northeast of Paris, built between 1211 and 1516 under the auspices of Archbishop Aubry de Humbert and designer Jean d’Orbais. The Cathedral was built to replace the old church which was destroyed by fire in 1210.

The Cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and one of the most important buildings in the country’s history, its the location where the kings of France were crowned, between 1027 and 1825. Reims Cathedral is owned by the state, the state directs the renovation and daily maintenance when its necessary.

During World War II the Germans bombed the Cathedral to demoralise the French Population by destroying symbolic buildings and monuments. Reims Cathedral was targeted by over 28 artillery shells. After the war ended, reconstruction started in 1919, a number of improvements were made to the previous design and structure, the oak-wood roof was replaced by non-flammable materials.

In 2011, Reims Cathedral celebrated its 800th anniversary. The celebrations ran from 6 May to 23 October. Six new stained glass windows designed by Imi Knoebel, a German artist, were inaugurated on June 25, 2011.

Reims Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims is one of the first monuments registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Reims Cathedral Interior
Reims Cathedral Interior

Kings crowned at Reims Cathedral

NameYearby Archbishop
Henry I1027Ebles I of Roucy
Philip I1059Gervais de Château-du-Loir
Philip of France1129Renaud de Martigné
Louis VII1131Pope Innocent II
Philip II1179William of the White Hands
Louis VIII1223William of Joinville
Louis IX1226Jacques de Bazoches
Philip III1271Milon de Bazoches
Philip IV1286Pierre Barbet
Louis X1315Robert de Courtenay-Champignelles
Philip V1317Robert de Courtenay-Champignelles
Charles IV1322Robert de Courtenay-Champignelles
Philip VI1328Guillaume de Trie
John II1350Jean de Vienne
Charles V1364Jean III de Craon
Charles VI1380Richard Picque
Charles VII1429Regnault de Chartres
Louis XI1461Jean Juvénal des Ursins
Charles VIII1484Pierre de Laval
Louis XII1498Guillaume Briçonnet
Francis I1515Robert de Lenoncourt
Henry II1547Charles of Lorraine
Francis II1559Charles of Lorraine
Charles IX1561Charles of Lorraine
Henry III1575Louis I of Guise
Louis XIII1610François de Joyeuse
Louis XIV1654Simon Legras
Louis XV1722Armand Jules de Rohan-Guéméné
Louis XVI1775Charles Antoine de La Roche-Aymon
Charles X1825Jean-Baptiste de Latil
Reims Cathedral ceiling
Reims Cathedral

Reims Cathedral Contact Information

Telephone: | Official Website |

How To Get There

Gare de Reims Train Station is located only 10 minutes away from the Cathedral.

From Paris to Reims Cathedral by car, take the A4, Follow A4 to Boulevard Louis Roederer in Reims. Take exit 23-Reims-Centre from A344, Continue on Boulevard Louis Roederer. Take Boulevard Joffre to Rue de la Grosse Écritoire.

Leaving from Gare de l’Est in Paris, the TGV will take you to Reims in 45 minutes.

Opening Hours

Monday07:30 AM – 19:30 PM
Tuesday07:30 AM – 19:30 PM
Wednesday07:30 AM – 19:30 PM
Thursday07:30 AM – 19:30 PM
Friday07:30 AM – 19:30 PM
Saturday07:30 AM – 19:30 PM
Sunday07:30 AM – 19:15 PM

Access is no longer allowed a quarter of an hour before closing.


Free Entry.


  • Construction started in 1211.
  • Completed in 1275.
  • Height: 81 m.
  • Architectural styles: Gothic architecture, French Gothic architecture.
  • Architects: Jean d’Orbais, Jean-le-Loup, Gaucher of Reims & Bernard de Soissons.
  • Architectural type: Church.
  • Style: French Gothic.

Nearby Things To Do

Palais du Tau is right next to the Reims Cathedral, It’s the Former bishops’ residence, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, housing statues from the cathedral. Museum of Fine Arts, an 18th-century setting for paintings & furniture, including works by Cranach, Corot & toiles peintes, is located only 2 minutes from the cathedral. Place Royale is a Landmark city square surrounded by quaint buildings, with a monument to Louis XV in the centre.


Nearby places to stay as cheap as possible budget under £100/$100/€100:

  • Holiday Inn Reims Centre Located just 400 yards from Reims Convention Centre, Holiday Inn Reims Centre is ideally located in the historic centre of Reims, and it features the only panoramic restaurant in Reims and a bar. check price.
  • La Demeure des Sacres Located in the centre of Reims, La Demeure des Sacres is set in a 20th-Century property and offers boutique-style accommodation with a large garden. The Reims Cathedral is just 350 yards from the B&B and Reims Convention Centre is a 10-minute walk away. check price.
  • Logis Hôtel Au Tambour Located 1,000 yards from Reims city centre, this Logis Hotel is just a 15-minute walk from the town centre, train station and Reims Champagne Congrès. It offers a heated outdoor swimming pool and private parking in garages. Check Price.

Nearby places to stay at a budget price over £100:

  • Grand Hôtel Des Templiers located in Reims, just a 15-minute walk to the city centre and an 8-minute drive from Reims Convention Centre. It features an indoor swimming pool and a sauna. Check Price.
  • Les Suites Champenoises is set in Tinqueux in the Champagne – Ardenne Region, 2.7 miles from Reims city centre. Offering 2 sun terraces and a hot tub. Check Price

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Address: Place du Cardinal Luçon, 51100 Reims, France | Coordinates: 49°15′13″N 4°2′3″E

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Reims Cathedral
Reims Cathedral