Rheims, France

City in northern France; also spelled Reims. Built on the site of Durocortorum, the capital of the Remi, it was evangelized by Saint Sixtus and Saint Sinicius, who founded the bishopric in the 3rd century. It is important in history as the scene of the baptism of Clovis the Frank, by the bishop Saint Remigius, in 496. The Cathedral of Notre Dame, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, was completed in 100 years (1211-1311), and in it took place the coronation of Charles VII (1429) brought about by Saint Joan of Arc. The city is now the seat of an archdiocese.

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