Palais du Tau in Reims is a seventeenth century neo-Classical palace once used as the residence of each future French monarch the night before their coronation at Reims Cathedral.
The monarch-to-be would also be dressed for the occasion there and the banqueting hall or “salle” of Palais du Tau, which is still adorned with fifteen century tapestries, was then used for a sumptuous post-coronation banquet. The most famous tapestry at Palais du Tau is the one of the baptism of King Clovis by Saint Remi.
It is thought that a palace has existed on the site of Palais du Tau since Reims was a Gallo-Roman town. However, it was in the late seventeenth to early eighteenth century that Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte created the current “T” shaped building - “Tau” meaning “T” in Greek.
Now a museum, Palais du Tau offers visitors a chance to see its various ceremonial rooms as well as pieces from Reims Cathedral and its treasury. Palais du Tau is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Palais du Tau is located next to Reims Cathedral. Reims is a 45 min. train journey from Paris. By car, it’s 1.5 hrs from Paris (A4).
Palais du Tau is open daily except Mondays, 9:30am-12:30pm, 2pm-5:30pm (May-Sept, 9:30am-6:30pm). Entry costs €6.10 (free for under 18’s).
Palais du Tau, Place Cardinal Luçon 2, 51100 Reims
03 26 47 81 79
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