Place du Cardinal Lucon, Reims, France, 2011

One of the principal squares of Reims is this Place Cardinal-Luçon. Many people know Reims for its cathedral, Notre-Dame de Reims, located here. This cathedral was formerly the place of coronation of the Kings of France. The cathedral became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991. It replaces an older church, destroyed by a fire in 1211, which was built on the site of even older basilica from 496. That original structure had been erected on the site of the roman baths. In the same year, 1211 new church started its existence and on 23rd October this year, Reims Cathedral celebrates its 800th anniversary. German shellfire during the first world war on 20 September 1914 burned, damaged and destroyed important parts of the cathedral. It was renovated in 1919. Inside it is decorated with numerous tapestries, fine sculptures, but interestingly not a single painting.

It has interesting stained glass windows ranging from the 13th to the 20th century. The rose window over the main portal and the gallery beneath are of rare magnificence. [small photo right].

Cathedral is one of the most impressive one I have visited, even more impressive than famous Notre Dame in Paris.

Square is not very impressive at all. Uninteresting structures are lost in comparison with monumental church. Even the small cafe with good view of the main entrance is not impressive. We spent half hour there but unusually for us we left in a hurry.

Other square in Reims is just adding to the sombre and depressive atmosphere of the whole city. Check it out.

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sociability
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ceremonial
uses & activities
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religious
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access & linkages
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social
comfort
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residential
image
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court yard or traffic circle
tourist value
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with park
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street, shopping

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