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Basilica. Remigia: photos, description Basilique Saint-Remi)

In medieval France, the Church and especially churches, usually built in a big way, for several centuries. Sometimes it happened that the construction was suspended for a long time due to lack of funds, but in the end or have completed the plans, or the temple remained unfinished. In Reims, during the construction of the Basilica of St Remigius was formed quite a different situation: started in the XI century, one Abbot of the monastery building was destroyed by his successor, who found the project too costly and began to build a new building, more modest.

History of the Basilica, however, did not begin in the eleventh century, but much earlier. Who died in the first half of the sixth century Reims, the Bishop Remigi was buried in the cemetery chapel, located outside the city. One merit of Remigia was the conversion to Christianity of king Clovis I. After the death of the Bishop to his remains began to go many pilgrims, so soon the place of the chapel a Church was built. After two centuries of near it was founded the monastery of St Remigius. In the first half of the XI century monks started to build a new Church on the site of the Church, its consecration took place in 1049.

In the following centuries several times carried out the extension and reconstruction of the Basilica, eventually this building became known as the most impressive religious building of Reims. During the great French revolution the Church was looted, but the building itself suffered no serious damage.

In the XIX century part of the Basilica was again rebuilt, and the temple acquired new values and relics reliquary, set to the 1400-th anniversary of adoption of Christianity by Clovis I, and the lamp is the "Crown of light" with 96 candles - that's the number of years lived in the Holy land Remigi. In 1840, the Basilica was declared national monument, it also has the status of a world heritage site by UNESCO. In the early XX century Basilica suffered during the First world war, its subsequent recovery lasted four decades.

In the Basilica is the burial of the St Remigius and other bishops and representatives of the Royal families - for example, of Louis IV. In the former Abbey is now a Museum of Saint-rémy, where you can see the value stored previously in the Basilica of St. George.