France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Cathédrale de Reims Rêve de Couleurs
This spectacular sound and light show was created for the Cathedral's 800th birthday in 2011.

 
 

 

 

Admiring 800 year old cathedrals today takes a bit of imagination. What did it look like when it was built? What did the people look like?

You can get a good idea by witnessing the impressive Rêve des Couleurs sound and light show at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

The town of Reims offers this delightful show for free during the summer months so you can see the Cathédrale Notre-Dame in all its historic glory.

The presentation is informal: just walk down to the Parvis (the plaza in front of the Cathédrale), stand there and enjoy the show, which lasts about 25 minutes (though you needn't watch the whole thing).

There are two shows each evening from the end of May through August. After each show, the Cathedral is illuminated in static colors for 10 minutes (1st show) and 20 minutes (2nd show). Starting times vary with the time of nightfall through the summer. Check here or with the Tourist Office or your hotel for specific dates and times.

Rêve des Couleurs (Dream of Colors) provides a new perspective on the Cathédrale and its construction, with some scenes showing workers building it, and other scenes highlighting the many statues in all their glory, such as this scene of the front façade:

Reve de Couleurs, Reims Cathedral, France

Rêve des Couleurs even provides some views of the interior of the Cathédrale, recreating the pageantry of the coronations of the Kings of France.

It's a lovely way to spend a summer evening in Reims and to, see the Cathédrale in a new light—quite literally!

Reims Cathedral, Smiling Angel
See the angels as they looked when the cathedral was new...

Rêve de Couleurs
Parvis de laCathédrale
Reims, France


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Above, A different view of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame, with the magic of color.

 

       
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