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Palais du Tau

2 Place Cardinal Lucon, 51072, Reims, France
+33 3 26 47 81 79
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The former palace of the Bishops of Reims has been closely linked to the History of France over the centuries. Monarchs resided in the Palais of Tau prior to their coronation and returned here after the ceremony for the traditional feast and celebrations in the vast banqueting hall. The most precious artefacts in the treasury are the remains of the Holy Ampulla, used since the anointing of Clovis in the 5th century, and the 9th-century Talisman of Charlemagne. The original statues from Reims Cathedral are also on display in addition to seventeen magnificent tapestries portraying the life of the Virgin. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 6th May to 8th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 9th September to 5th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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2 Place Cardinal Lucon, 51072, Reims, France
+33 3 26 47 81 79
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It looks different from other palaces in France. Everything of it looks very medieval - there's no renaissance-style decoration at all. Medieval royal clothes and artefacts are exhibited inside. The most impressive thing is that there are many large statues of Christianity related people, like...More

1  Thank Lingfeng G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Residence of the French kings, including Louis XIV, during their coronation and of the archbishop of Reims. Enormous old statues taken from the basilica and some magnificent tapestries on display. Pictures show the nearly complete destruction of the palace after WWI. Interesting walk through history...More

Thank Peter D
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Exhibits range from Roman artefacts, to magnificent Medieval tapestries to Royal memorabilia including crowns, jewels etc. At the time we visited a wonderful pianist was practicing for an evening concert being held in the crypt...sadly we were leaving that afternoon and missed the concert.

1  Thank SuzyQ76Sydney
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

The Tau Palace was destroyed in World War One but has been restored. Much of the foundation remains but the rest is "new." Residence of the Archbishop to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, it also displays much of the memorabilia of the many coronations of...More

Thank Phillip K
Reviewed 4 September 2017

In this sumptuous building, dating from the late middle ages, you will see the original sculptures of the cathedral; those now on the facade are mainly excellent copies, made in part to replace damaged originals after the Germans tried to destroy the building during the...More

Thank Carol K
Reviewed 19 August 2017

A beautiful building crammed with original sculptures from the cathedral and various artefacts related to Charles Xmas - the last king of France.

Thank FredMadrid67
Reviewed 18 August 2017

The interior of this interesting building houses a museum that will tell you more about the cathedral and the city and its importance for the former French kingdom. Some neautiful gobelins and Charlemagne's pendant are the main attractions

Thank werdlerswereld
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

After visiting the cathedral, we went into the Palace, totally restored after ww1. Paid 8€ to get in and I'm sure that if you're french it's well worth the money. Unfortunately our French linguistic skills are not brilliant, and there were no signs in English!...More

Thank Chris24804766
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

This place has a history far back, but the present building is almost only restoration after the destructions in WW1. Some of the rooms give you an impression on how it was originally. They also show you quite a few paintings and uniforms from the...More

Thank EllenChr
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Again, too late for us to enter, but still worth seeing from the outside. You can imagine the French Kings waiting for their Coronations in such splendour..

Thank David R
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Dennis L
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No, no elevator available in the cathedral
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