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Palais du Tau

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Address: 2 Place Cardinal Lucon, 51072, Reims, France
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+33 3 26 47 81 79

The former palace of the Bishops of Reims has been closely linked to the...

The former palace of the Bishops of Reims has been closely linked to the History of France over the centuries. Monarchs resided in the Palais of Tau prior to their coronation and returned here after the ceremony for the traditional feast and celebrations in the vast banqueting hall. The most precious artefacts in the treasury are the remains of the Holy Ampulla, used since the anointing of Clovis in the 5th century, and the 9th-century Talisman of Charlemagne. The original statues from Reims Cathedral are also on display in addition to seventeen magnificent tapestries portraying the life of the Virgin. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 6th May to 8th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 9th September to 5th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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Interesting part of French history

We visited the museum and saw a lot of interesting art and history. Old tapestries and sculptures; parts of the old cathedral and its surrounding buildings. Because there were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands
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Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the museum and saw a lot of interesting art and history. Old tapestries and sculptures; parts of the old cathedral and its surrounding buildings. Because there were movies also, it gives you a good insight in what happended here in the past. You pay € 8 euro pp and it was well worth the money.

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Weston, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

The Palais is in the center of town, easy to find and a good addition to the theme of the French Kings coronation. While a lot of items were destroyed or disappeared during the French Revolution, the building was nicely renovated and the exhibitions are interesting. 1 hour should be more then sufficient to see everything.

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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

If you are visiting the Cathedral of Reims, you really mustn't miss this. It's just next door and you do pay to enter but it's very well laid out and gives some of the history of the crowning of the French kings, including some of the robes of the last kind, Philippe X. The gift shop is particularly good.

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Epinay-sur-Orge, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

If you want to visit the cathedral, make sure to visit the Palais de Tau also. Once a clerical administration building, it now shows the role of the cathedral for French royalty. Understandably, most exhibits date from after the French revolution. This is the time when absolute monarchs were challenged by constitutions and the church was challenged by socialism. The... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I'd say the Palais du Tau is a nice addition to the cathedral visit: worth seeing and interesting. The selection is kind of mismatched, some statues here and there, history of the cathedral in other rooms and war history at the bottom. Still, I found it interesting and worth the visit.

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Southern England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We whizzed around this on a colder day- some interesting exhibits to be seen, but don't expect to spend hours here

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Frankfurt, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Some of the sculptures removed from the cathedral are really huge, but are not in good state. The rest are some tapestries, church vessels, and clothes. No items are about French kings, with the exception of Charles X. The central hall is rented for events and celebrations.

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Zaventem, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Feels like 'Palais des Papes (Avignon)' light, hence 3 instead of 4*. Interesting architecture, tapestries, statues (only then do you realise how big the statues on the cathedral facade really are), and reliquaries (without relics), but fairly small, and we both felt a bit unsatisfied when we reached the exit.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

To understand the great history of the Reims Cathedral, it is very helpful to visit the adjacent museum if you can get a guided tour in English. The museum offers regular tours at 10:30 am every day, but in French only. Because of the overall security issues in France this year, there were fewer visitors to the museum. I was... More 

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Schiphol, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

In this ancient palace of the Archbishop of Reims you will find an amazing collection of artifacts from the corronation of the last Kings of France. Stunning place to visit!

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