Cathedral of Kings

Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

My third update in one's amazing what reliable internet connections will do.

I'm spending a few days in Reims, an hour outside of Paris by rapid train. Reims is famous for its cathedral, in which the kinds of France were historically crowned, going back to Clovis in the fifth century. The church itself is constructed in a beautiful blend of late Romanesque and early Gothic styles, and it boasts many of its original stained glass windows. On the main portal of the cathedral is a statue of a smiling angel, the building's other claim to fame. Connected to the cathedral is the Palais de Tau, formerly the archdiocese and currently a museum housing the Cathedral treasure. Two very interesting reliquaries are there, one in the shape of a boat containing the bones of St. Ursula (the poor woman's body seems to be spread out everywhere...), and one that shows Jesus rising out of an open coffin, called the Reliquary of the Resurrection (but what's inside?).

Reims itself is a picturesque little city, a nice change from the bustle and large buildings of Paris. This is champagne country, and I treated myself to a glass of bubbly with dinner this evening. Too bad I can't bring any back to Morocco with me. But the bottle would most likely break in my backpack, creating a very expensive mess. So it's better to just enjoy it while I'm here.

Tomorrow I return to Morocco and my usual circuit there. Inshallah there will be no problems with flights or anything else along the way.

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