It was on this site that Saint Rémi was buried in 533. The basilica houses the relics of Saint Rémi in the center of the choir. The veneration of the relics of Saint Rémi and his repeated miracles attracted many pilgrims. The chapel was enlarged to accompany the body, which was transferred on October 1, which then became his feast day.
Basilique Saint Rémi
Place du Chanoine Ladame, 51100 Reims
Open daily: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A 20-minute walk from the Cathedral, or by using the electirc shuttle (see "getting around").
Audio-guided tours and guided tours possible, contact the Tourist Office for more information. Accessible to those with reduced mobility.
History of the Saint Rémi basilica
In the 8th century the Abbey of Saint Rémi was founded in Reims, and its community of Benedictine nuns would remain in place until the French Revolution. The abbey was consecrated by Pope Leo IX in 1049. Today it retains its simple nave, transept and the south tower from the Romanesque period (11th century) and its Gothic choir (12th century). Rebuilt in the following centuries, at 126 meters long it is almost the size of the Cathedral.
And like the Cathedral, the Basilica suffered from bombing during World War I. Partially collapsed, it would take nearly 40 years of work under the direction of architect Henri Deneux to restore its splendor. In 2000, a new organ replaced the one destroyed in 1918.
With its architectural harmony and lightness, it remains one of the finest achievements of Romanesque art in the north of France. The large chandelier and its 96 candles pay homage to Saint Rémi, who died at the age of 96. The Basilica also features beautiful stained glass windows from the 13th century depicting the Crucifixion.
Musée Saint Rémi. See "Museums".