Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationDepartment of Marne, Champagne Ardenne Region
CoordinatesN49 15 12 E4 1 58
Inscription Date1991
Property (ha)4.16
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
Unesco Reference Number601
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionThe outstanding handling of new architectural techniques in the 13th century, and the harmonious marriage of sculptural decoration with architecture, has made Notre-Dame in Reims one of the masterpieces of Gothic art. The former abbey still has its beautiful 9th-century nave, in which lie the remains of Archbishop St Rémi (440–533), who instituted the Holy Anointing of the kings of France. The former archiepiscopal palace known as the Tau Palace, which played an important role in religious ceremonies, was almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century.
StatusWorld Heritage Site