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Reims History, France

The celebration of the birth of France inaugurates an extraordinary ceremony of the union of God and man in the church. It was in the year 496 that Clovis Bishop Saint Remi has baptized the Franks’ king and from that moment no other king was crowned. That’s the reason why the city of Reims is called the Royal coronations city.

The cathedral of Reims which began under the support of Archbishop Aubry de Humbert in 1211 and was designed by Jean d’Orbais, represents the Chartres Cathedral, which started around 1194. The Reims’ cathedral was planned to replace the earlier church that was destroyed by a fire in 1210. Four architects supervised the major construction of the church and it lasted for about 80 years. Some decorative works and expansion were retained on the cathedral over the centuries.

From Reims’ modern history beginning in 1909, they have hosted the earliest international air assembly with some of the foremost aviation personalities. The World War II damaged the churches and some structures of the city of Reims. John D Rockefeller has invested funds for the restoration of the structures. The Nazi Germany has unconditionally surrendered to the war room of the US General named Dwight D. Eisenhower by year 1945. This room is now a museum of Reims recognized as the Musee de la Reddition.

It was on May 7, 1945, when the German Ambassadors signed for the total surrender of Germany at the allied head office in Reims. From there, peace started in the city of Reims as the German-Franco reconciliation was conducted on the 8th July, 1962.

The city of Reims has remained to be the most significant crossroad for the northeastern part of France. Its river port is up to these days recognized as the most significant in the state. The champagne continues to flow freely, even though its storage presents a possible problem to the architectural heritage of the city. Moreover, in 2006, Reims had made headlines and according to the reports made by the Le Monde, there were about 277 vehicles from the entire states that were set alight by the youth mobs on the centenary of the suburban riots from the previous years. The situation in the city of Reims was not as terrible as in the other parts of France, but the latest trouble happened when there was a conflict between the youth and policemen where the groups of youth have tried to burn the bus.

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    There are more than 200 vehicles exposed in this wonderful museum. It is ran by a pocketful of car collectors and displays vehicles from 1908 to the present days. In the museum you can find cars, motorbikes, plaques, period...
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