France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Palais du Tau Museum, Reims
A visit to this museum provides a nice complement to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame.




The Palais du Tau, right next to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims (map), was once the archbishop's residence.

It's now a museum holding artifacts and exhibits relating to the cathedral, especially its architecture, development and repair over the centuries, and the coronations of France's kings from 1223 to 1825.

Some of the cathedral's earliest and most notable statues and carvings are here, having been removed for preservation and replaced with copies.

Statue of Saint Jean, Palais de Tau, Reims
13th century head of Saint Jean, from the north tower of the Cathedral. The original statue was destroyed in 1914 and replaced with a copy in 1958.

The museum houses coronation robes, splendid tapestries and, in the Treasury, precious artifacts.

Palais du Tau
Rue Cardinal de Lorraine (map)
Reims, France
Tel: +33 (0) 3 26 47 81 79

Smiling angel, Palais de Tau, Reims, France
Bust of a smiling angel, Palais du Tau.

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Visitors at the Palais de Tau, Reims, France

Visitors approach the Palais du Tau, a museum of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims.


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