Reims is a historically significant city located in the Champagne-Ardenne region in northeastern France, just 144 km from Paris. Founded by the Gauls, Reims played a very important role in French history, as the place where the kings of France were crowned. In fact, the coronation of Charles VII in 1429 took place in the famous Cathedral of Reims, in the company of Joan of Arc. The cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage site) played the same role in France as Westminster Abbey did in England and was home to the Holy Ampulla, which was said to have been brought by a white dove (the Holy Spirit) at the baptism of Clovis in 496.
Reims has plenty of interesting sites to keep visitors mesmerized. Visit the Place Royale to see the statue of Louis XV and the Place Cardinal-Lu on, with an equestrian statue of Joan of Arc. Enjoy some people watching or the charming Christmas market at the Place Drouet d'Erlon in the city centre.
Roman ruins in Reims include the Porte de Mars, a108 ft triumphal arch. Also worth a visit is the Palace of Tau, the residence of kings during coronation time. Saint R mi Basilica honours the patron saint of Reims (Saint Remi) and is equal in size to the great cathedral. After a long day of sightseeing, enjoy a meal and some champagne made in one of Reims many Champagne producing houses.