| The city of Reims, located in Northeastern France, is an old city despite its relatively new appearance. Already a city when the Romans came to the area in the First Century, the locality was believed to have been named after a tribe called the Remi. The people of Remi made friends with the Romans, who called the city Dorocortorum. Some of the vestiges of the Roman period are still in evidence in the champagne caves, the Mars Gate and the Forum.|
The history of Reims is depicted in its world-famous Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame de Reims, an architectural landmark of France. The familiar front view of the Cathedral is also the embodiment of the history of this section of France. Built in the Fifth Century, the Cathedral has been the site of the coronation of every ruler of France since Clovis in 496, with the exception of Charlemagne (who went to Rome) and Napoleon (crowned in Paris).
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