The cathedral of Reims
Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Reims, in the French department of Marne in the Grand Est region. It is known for having been, from the 11th century, the place of almost all the coronations of the kings of France.
The construction of the current building began in the early 13th century. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Reims Cathedral was completed in the 14th century. It was destroyed by a devastating fire during the First World War caused by German bombing.
It is one of the major achievements of Gothic art in France, both for its architecture and for its statuary, which includes 2,303 statues. As such, it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. A major tourist attraction in the Champagne region, it welcomed 1,500,000 visitors in 2007.