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"Palais de la Tau" Palais du Tau Tip by MM212

Palais du Tau, Reims: 8 reviews and 18 photos

  Palais de la Tau, Nov 2010
by MM212
  • Palais de la Tau, Nov 2010 - Reims
      Palais de la Tau, Nov 2010
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  • Palais de la Tau, main entrance - Nov 2010 - Reims
      Palais de la Tau, main entrance - Nov 2010
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  • Museum entrance - Reims
      Museum entrance
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  • Palais de la Tau courtyard - Reims
      Palais de la Tau courtyard
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  • Chapelle Palatine - Reims
      Chapelle Palatine
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Adjacent to la Notre Dame de Reims, Palais de la Tau is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the cathedral. The palace includes multiple architectural styles, from Gothic to Renaissance and Neoclassical, built over several centuries beginning in 1138 AD. It owes its name "Tau" to the fact that it is in the shape of the letter "T" (tau is Greek for T). It was originally an archbishopric palace, but when the coronations of the kings of France began taking place in Reims, it was transformed into a royal residence for the period of the ceremony. Partially damaged during WWI, Palais de la Tau was restored identically to the original design, and has since been converted into a museum. The galleries of the palace not only detail the coronation ceremonies, but it also showcase a large collection of tapestries, as well as the original statues that once decorated the façades of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Many of these statues did not survive the test of time and war damage well, so they were replaced with replicas.

Address: Place Cardinal Luçon
Phone: +33 3 26 47 81 79

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  • Updated Dec 3, 2010
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