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A little history of Tau palace

The palace | Clelie Mascaret / CC-BY-SA
Town house Reims Tau palace

The Tau? "T", in Greek, which is the form this palace had in the Middle-Ages...

Raised between 1498 and 1509, rebuilt between 1686 and 1693 by famous architect Robert de Cotte, this is actually bishops former palace!

In the past, we found a small palace, mentioned in 1138 as palatio Tau when bishops attended to king Louis VII's coronation.

It was sold during the French Revolution: king Charles X and his family lived here for a moment and refit apartments (a study, living-rooms, the king's room, kitchens on the cellar and a huge vaulted room).

Nowadays property of the State, the palace houses the cathedral's treasure! You can visit it, likewise the 13th century chapel (the oldest part of the palace) and the huge room flanked by a big chimney, fit by archbishop Guillaume Briçonnet in 1498.

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