February 24, 2002
This is a former abbey, and in one area you can see that excavations have revealed the early floor tiles. The pediment on the front of the museum was built in the 18th century after a fire destroyed the original. Check out the picture of Joe doing his royal wave.
The Tapestry room has a set of 10 tapestries depicting the story of the life of St Remi. In case you don't know, St. Remi baptized Clovis here and thus brought Christianity to France. The chapel where St. Remi was buried was built by the Church.
This is a history and archeological museum and there are exhibits from Paleolithic and Neolithic times. There is a Neolithic grave of a young man from 4500BC along with a miniature diorama of what his village would have looked like. There are several other dioramas in this room covering all aspects of life in this time period.
The rooms keep getting more current as you move through the Roman occupation. There is a lot of Gallo-Roman glass which is amazing when you realize it was made around 300AD. The men really liked the military room with guns, uniforms, and implements of war.
My favorite was the musicians' sculptures that used to adorn the exterior of a house on the Rue Tambour. They are beautiful, and the fact that they were saved after the house was destroyed in the World War I bombing is amazing. There are photos along with the statues showing the destruction that the bombing caused. The beauty of Reims today is a testament to the desire of its residents to rebuild.
The beautiful Church of St Remi was closed. We were very disappointed, but there was scaffolding around parts of it so it appears that they are in the midsts of renovations. This gives us a good reason to return to Reims, as if we needed one!
From journal Chantilly Lace and a Pretty Face