"Notre-Dame de Reims - Main Façade" Cathédrale Notre Dame Tip by MM212
Cathédrale Notre Dame, Reims: 32 reviews and 85 photos
Similar in design to Notre Dame de Paris, the magnificent façade of Notre Dame de Reims distinguishes itself by its verticality. Whereas the Parisian façade conveys order, the Reims Cathedral emphasises height and leads the gaze upwards by the numerous pinnacles of its gables and triangular pediments. An incredible number of statues covers the façade, beginning with the three arched portals and rising to the lower level of the towers: Biblical scenes, prophets and saints, angels, and of course, Jesus and Mary. The famous "Ange au Sourire" statue (smiling angel) stands within the left hand arched portal of the façade (covered in scaffolding when I visited!). The baptism of the Frankish King Clovis I by Saint Rémi is depicted at the centre of the top row of statues (la Galerie des Rois). Many of these statues are replicas of the originals, which were damaged over time, particularly during WWI, and were moved to Palais de la Tau for display and preservation.
Address: Place Cardinal Luçon
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