At the core of the city of Reims, in the early 5th century, Christianity assumed the role of the state religion. Saint Nicaise, the eleventh bishop of Reims, took residence here and oversaw the construction of a cathedral dedicated to Notre-Dame.
The Palais du Tau, positioned in the southern part of the cathedral district, served as the archbishop’s official residence. It also wielded temporal authority, establishing the archbishop as the primary ruler of the city of Reims and its surrounding region. As of the 13th century, the archbishop held the prestigious titles of Duke and First Peer of France, cementing their status as a prominent vassal of the French Crown.
The Palais du Tau is now under renovation, re-open in 2025.
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