The Palace of Tau, built in the heart of the ancient city of Reims, owes its name to two buildings whose orientation, until the 17th century, evoked the shape of the letter T, tau in ancient Greek. The history of this place, a former archiepiscopal and royal residence, is closely linked to that of France. In memory of the baptism of Clovis by Saint Rémi, bishop of Reims, ca. 496, the ceremonies for the coronation of the kings of France took place there from the year 816, with Louis the Pious, until that of Charles X in 1825.
The palace became the property of the French nation in 1905, then was heavily damaged by bombings during World War I. Since its reopening in 1972, the palace has been the museum of the cathedral and the coronations of the kings of France. The visitor path is being redesigned to give it greater coherence and clarity and to convey the theme of the royal coronations.
For this occasion, the CMN is launching a major campaign to restore the building and certain collections, to renew the interiors and to redesign the museography and scenography of the visitor path.