This square was part of the ancient Roman city of Durocorturum. It has large houses with interior gardens, and a quiet paved plaza. It's huge and beautiful, with dimensions of 33 by 38 fathoms (about 64m by 74m). In the centre, you can see a beautiful fountain topped by a bronze statue of Louis XV as a Roman emperor. This statue dates from the year 1818, as the previous statue was destroyed during the Revolution. The huge building dominating an entire side of the square is the sub-prefecture of the Marne.
Another architectural gem that in the city of Reims as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is impressive, this basilica was a lovely discovery in the city tour. Founded in SVI, its fame is due to major French historical landmarks such as the burial of the Bishop of Reims who converted to Christianity to the Frankish king Clovis I, initiating France as a "country" and the tradition of coronation of French kings. The bishop was Saint Remy, from which we get the name of the city. Romanesque but seamless transition to the Gothic basilica impresses with its depth and devotion to accentuate the gallery surrounding the nave. It's a strange feeling, like a cloister inside. Bella, a lovely structure, mesmerized me from the moment I crossed the doorway with a mixed style that I have never seen anywhere else. Amazing light and nuanced colors that give a feeling of peace and serenity, thanks to all the windows surrounding much of the basilica. Despite the intense cold ,the place fills you with warmth. A must visit. For me, the inside is much more beautiful. The Basilica of today occupies an important place in my favorite spots. Curiosity: I found it amazing that this place and cathedral are free ;)
In the Place du Forum you can see traces of the oldest place to be found in the city of Reims, a gallery of Gallo-Roman origin from the 3rd Century that was originally attached to the forums and which incidentally was used as a storage place for cereals and / or meat. The only remains of the galleries are those found in the square because, as is the case with most of the city, its remains were lost during the two World Wars. The fact that you can find places like this in a city that you intend to visit because of its cathedral and its wineries, is a surprise. Also if you do it at a time when there is a lot of snow it gives a more mysterious and dreamlike feel. It's the first time that I have seen and heared about a cryptoporticus. What surprised me most is that the major monuments in Reims are free ;), I can only thank them because sometimes, culture can be rather expensive ;)
The Place Drouet d'Erlon has an ancient history linked to the city. In the twelfth century, it was called Place de la Couture. Artisans such as cabinetmakers, carpenters, coopers, and more settled here, putting up their workshops. But the site also has a grislier history as it was, for a long time, the execution ground. The stake, the guillotine, hanging, wheel torture ... it all took place here, as popular public spectacles. The guillotine was used here four times in 1796. Nowadays, the place has become pedestrianised, and is decorated with a large fountain crowned by a bronze figure of victory. On each side, it is decorated with four fountains symbolizing the rivers that cross the area: the Marne, Vesle, Aisne, and Suippe.
The four entrances to the Gallo-Roman city gates feature triumphal arches, not celebrating war, but rather peace and happiness. The Mars Gate is the only one that remains today. Its decoration has suffered greatly from the integration with the walls, but you can still see the grooves that once guided carriage wheels.