2011

 
...a bit of history about the city my dear friend Frédérique was born...
 

The list of French kings who were crowned in the cathedral of Reims is long. With few exceptions, almost all the monarchs of France,  were anointed, in  Notre-Dame de Reims, including Charles VII, who in 1429 was led by Jeanne d'Arc in front of the altar steps. Louis XIV the sun king was also amongst the princes of France to be crowned in this beautiful Cathedral.
 No church in France has for centuries played such an important role in the history of France as the Reims Cathedral, whose cornerstone was laid 800 years ago, in May 1211. An event which the city of the Champagne cellars, is going to celebrate with many events until the end of October 2011
 
The importance of the Gothic building, built 1211-1516, goes far beyond its borders. "The cathedral has strong symbolic value, even for Europe,"said the mayor of the city, Adeline Hazan, alluding to recent history. On 8 July 1962 it celebrated in the coronation church, the Franco-German reconciliation. At the reconciliation meeting between Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and President Charles de Gaulle, a huge commemorative plaque  in front of the west facade of the cathedral, reminiscent of that important occasion.
 
 Reims was devastated in World War II by German artillery and air attacks about 60 percent, while the cathedral was heavily damaged, many of the approximately 2,300 sculptures were destroyed and the wooden roof of the 15th Century completely destroyed. President Raymond Poincaré declaired Reims to "martyr city" in which on 7 May 1945, the surrender of German forces was signed.

text & photos by Linda Compagnoni
During one of my visits to France, I had the great pleasure to join the people of Reims, celebrating the 800th anniversary of Reims Cathedral. Frédérique, who was born in this beautiful city, where the Kings of France were crowned, proudly drove me "almost in front of the church (be honest dear friend, with me, luck is always on our site, to find a parking lot ☺) to watch one of the highlights

a sound and light show in full color dynamics, which will illuminated the facade of the cathedral at nightfall.

let me introduce you to some amazing links we have found online, about the marvelous most beautiful city REIMS, whom I have come to love, just like its famous sister in Paris.

it was an unforgettable spectacle, something which went under the skin so to say. The audience like us, was overwhelmned by the sheer beauty of this great performance which lasted about 20 minutes. Should some of you have the possibility to go to Reims, please do not miss it - it is too marvelous...I swear when I saw the immaginary flags go up, I whispered to Frédérique: " Can you see them? Can see Charles VII with Jeanne d'Arc and our Chevaliers walk with their head held high, into the Cathedral ?

should some of the images be a bit fuzzy, I like to appologize. We took them with our cell phones and even though it was almost full moon - it was not an easy task !! Some photos I took on one of my earlier vists to Reims. I confess I adore Reims smiling angel and I imagine, our Jeanne d'Arc must have seem him also, when she  entered the Cathedral for the crowning of the future King Charles VII...
 





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