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The Palace and the Museum of the Cathedral: photos, description (Palais du Tau)

The Palace of the archbishops of Reims, also known as Palace, also served as a temporary residence for French kings. In it, they stayed prior to proceeding to the main ceremony in their lives - the coronation. In the Palace of the future monarch spent the night, clothed in appropriate ritual clothing after the ceremony celebrated the coronation by a sumptuous reception for a few thousand invited. Such techniques were carried out for many centuries, since the end of X century. The last one was held in 1825 in honor of the coronation of Charles X.

The Palace was built next to the Cathedral of Reims, which held these ceremonies. The history of the Palace began in ancient times, however, the building was rebuilt many times, has varied his style and form. Your current image of the Palace acquired in the second half of XVII - beginning of XVIII centuries thanks to the work of the Royal architect Jules-Arduinna Mansart and his pupil Robert cotta. The name of the Palace received in the XII century due to the fact that the plan resembled the Greek letter "Tau".

In the first half of the XX century happened in the Palace fire, however, restoration works have been carried out only after the Second world war.

Currently the Palace is the Cathedral Museum, which presents works of art (sculptures, tapestries), which were kept in the Cathedral of Reims, as well as relics and the attributes associated with the coronations of French monarchs - for example, the Cup of St Remigius (XII century) and the talisman of Charlemagne, made of gold and decorated with precious stones. According to legend, the amulet is stored inside the particle of the cross on which Jesus was executed Christ. The Museum within the Palace walls That opened in 1972.

Reims Cathedral, Abbey of St Remigius and the Palace in 1991 was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.