Find out about the lavish coronations of French kings from the 11th century until the 19th century and examine historic items from the royal treasury.
The Tau Palace is a remarkable building that once functioned as the archbishops' palace and the venue for sumptuous coronation banquets. Learn about the interesting role the palace played in the country’s royal past.
Up until the 18th century, the kings of France were coronated in the adjacent Reims Cathedral. The palace’s origins date back to the 6th century, but most of the present building was constructed in the Gothic style at the turn of the 16th century. Its current Baroque appearance is the result of another remodeling in the 17th century.
Take a guided tour of the palace and cathedral lasting between 2 and 3 hours. Or explore at your own pace using a guide book or information leaflet to put the rooms and halls into context. Discover how the kings used to reside in this palace in the days leading up to their coronation. In total, 32 kings were crowned in the cathedral.
Each room features exhibits about the cathedral or coronation system. Admire statues, artworks and large-scale 15th-century tapestries as well as precious objects from the royal treasury. Among the most notable items are St. Rémi’s chalice and a talisman believed to have belonged to Charlemagne, the 8th-century king of the Franks. Stop at gift shop to purchase souvenirs related to the French monarchy.
The palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday with additional closures during several major holidays throughout the year. Hours vary according to the season so check ahead before you visit. There is an admission fee for adults; children enter free.
The Tau Palace stands in the shadow of the Reims Cathedral in the heart of the city. Walk here from any of the main shopping avenues or from Mars Gate. Nearby attractions include the Museum of Fine Arts, the St. Jacques Church and the Patte d’Oie Park.