For the 2012 New Year’s Eve celebrations I visited Reims, in the Champagne region of France. Reims has an awe-inspiring Cathedral, which celebrated its 800th anniversary last year, as the centrepiece of the city. The cathedral is one of the masterpieces of early Gothic architecture, acting as a blueprint for much that followed in France, the United Kingdom and beyond. It exhibits intricate carved detail both externally and internally, has an incredible lightness to its stone structure owing to its flying buttresses and includes some spectacular stained glass including a number of refreshing 20th Century windows designed by the artist Marc Chagall.
As part of the 800 year celebrations the cathedral put on a sound and light show, or ‘son et lumière’, which rivalled anything I have previously seen; including the Jubilee celebrations at Buckingham Palace which have previously been covered on this blog by Geoff Rich (link).
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