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The country might be small but it holds a lot of history, fame and culture, don’t be surprised that the British accent changes every 16 miles. People who come over to the United Kingdom can find it hard to learn the quirks and idiosyncrasies and pronunciations, road rules and the drinking culture can be strange but its a lovely nation with lots of history to explore.
The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. England is also the site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge and birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles.
Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It must be valid for the whole of your stay. More Information can be found at the UK Government website.
|Passport Required||Return Ticket Required||Visa Required|
|The United States of America||Yes||No||No|
Safety and Security
Visiting the United Kingdom is fairly safe and really nothing to worry about. The United Kingdom benefits from low crime rates and very effective emergency services.
Visiting any public spaces, you will find a lot of CCTV cameras overlooking the public and if any crime did happen, you could easily report it to the police with no hassle and health care is free so no need to worry about injuring yourself.
Just use your common sense when visiting any country and respect the cultural and keep your belonging to yourself.
Best Time to visit the United Kingdom
London is most heavily touristed in the late spring and summer months when the weather is warm and kids are off school and during the December rush of shopping and seasonal activities. London can be visited at any time of year, as it has a mild climate and extreme weather is rare.
Northern Ireland has relatively warm temperatures, but wet and windy conditions. In the summer months expect the weather to be between 10°- 18°C. Temperatures are highest between June and August and pleasant in April and September.
England boasts the warmest temperatures in the United Kingdom with July and August being the hottest months. summers rarely get very hot and the winters don’t get very cold, expect the weather to be between 11°-20° degrees on average.
Wales weather is similar to Northern Ireland, In the summer months expect the weather to be between 10°C-17°C and 2°C-6°C during winter.
Scotland weather during June and August in the south of Scotland average between 11°-19°C and in the winter it’s between 1°C-7°C.
The United Kingdom has a number of languages, English is woken everywhere as the main language, however, some parts of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Speak their own language: Welsh, Scottish and Irish. But don’t worry about learning the languages, English is spoken everywhere.
There are 11 indigenous languages spoken across the British Isles: 5 Celtic, 3 Germanic, and 3 Romance. Over 300 languages are currently spoken in London.
Travelling around the country
Travelling around the United Kingdom is fairly simple, just rent a car and you can go just about anywhere using the motorway to visit different cities and towns, London and Birmingham are only 2 and a half hours away, driving from the second city Birmingham to Scottish Capital Edinburgh will take you around 5 hours.
Britain’s National Rail network is one of the largest in the world and over 2,500 passenger railway stations on the National Rail Network not including the London underground, you can travel just about in the United Kingdom using the rail system. The Map below shows how far you can travel using the rail network.
The currency in the United Kingdom is the Pound sterling (£) which can be withdrawn from all ATMs. The United Kingdom is a safe place when it comes to fraud, so don’t worry about using ATM’s that are not installed inside a bank, however, we would still highly recommend using the ATMs at banks.
Scotland and Nothern Ireland Have their own currency “Scottish Pound” and ” Northern Ireland Pound” you can spend Scottish & Irish money anywhere in the UK as it is a legal tender denominated and backed by sterling, the currency of bank of England.
Places to avoid
Lewisham in South-East London has the highest murder rate in the country, so I would highly recommend not going there at night.
West Yorkshire is the most dangerous place to live in England and Wales.
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Reims Cathedral known as the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims is situated on the Vesle River east-northeast of Paris, built between 1211 and 1516 under the auspices of Archbishop Aubry de Humbert and designer Jean d’Orbais. The Cathedral was built to replace the old church which was destroyed by fire in 1210.
The Cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and one of the most important buildings in the country’s history, its the location where the kings of France were crowned, between 1027 and 1825. Reims Cathedral is owned by the state, the state directs the renovation and daily maintenance when its necessary.
During World War II the Germans bombed the Cathedral to demoralise the French Population by destroying symbolic buildings and monuments. Reims Cathedral was targeted by over 28 artillery shells. After the war ended, reconstruction started in 1919, a number of improvements were made to the previous design and structure, the oak-wood roof was replaced by non-flammable materials.
In 2011, Reims Cathedral celebrated its 800th anniversary. The celebrations ran from 6 May to 23 October. Six new stained glass windows designed by Imi Knoebel, a German artist, were inaugurated on June 25, 2011.
Reims Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims is one of the first monuments registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kings crowned at Reims Cathedral
|Henry I||1027||Ebles I of Roucy|
|Philip I||1059||Gervais de Château-du-Loir|
|Philip of France||1129||Renaud de Martigné|
|Louis VII||1131||Pope Innocent II|
|Philip II||1179||William of the White Hands|
|Louis VIII||1223||William of Joinville|
|Louis IX||1226||Jacques de Bazoches|
|Philip III||1271||Milon de Bazoches|
|Philip IV||1286||Pierre Barbet|
|Louis X||1315||Robert de Courtenay-Champignelles|
|Philip V||1317||Robert de Courtenay-Champignelles|
|Charles IV||1322||Robert de Courtenay-Champignelles|
|Philip VI||1328||Guillaume de Trie|
|John II||1350||Jean de Vienne|
|Charles V||1364||Jean III de Craon|
|Charles VI||1380||Richard Picque|
|Charles VII||1429||Regnault de Chartres|
|Louis XI||1461||Jean Juvénal des Ursins|
|Charles VIII||1484||Pierre de Laval|
|Louis XII||1498||Guillaume Briçonnet|
|Francis I||1515||Robert de Lenoncourt|
|Henry II||1547||Charles of Lorraine|
|Francis II||1559||Charles of Lorraine|
|Charles IX||1561||Charles of Lorraine|
|Henry III||1575||Louis I of Guise|
|Louis XIII||1610||François de Joyeuse|
|Louis XIV||1654||Simon Legras|
|Louis XV||1722||Armand Jules de Rohan-Guéméné|
|Louis XVI||1775||Charles Antoine de La Roche-Aymon|
|Charles X||1825||Jean-Baptiste de Latil|
Reims Cathedral Contact Information
Telephone: | Official Website |
How To Get There
Gare de Reims Train Station is located only 10 minutes away from the Cathedral.
From Paris to Reims Cathedral by car, take the A4, Follow A4 to Boulevard Louis Roederer in Reims. Take exit 23-Reims-Centre from A344, Continue on Boulevard Louis Roederer. Take Boulevard Joffre to Rue de la Grosse Écritoire.
Leaving from Gare de l’Est in Paris, the TGV will take you to Reims in 45 minutes.
|Monday||07:30 AM – 19:30 PM|
|Tuesday||07:30 AM – 19:30 PM|
|Wednesday||07:30 AM – 19:30 PM|
|Thursday||07:30 AM – 19:30 PM|
|Friday||07:30 AM – 19:30 PM|
|Saturday||07:30 AM – 19:30 PM|
|Sunday||07:30 AM – 19:15 PM|
Access is no longer allowed a quarter of an hour before closing.
- Construction started in 1211.
- Completed in 1275.
- Height: 81 m.
- Architectural styles: Gothic architecture, French Gothic architecture.
- Architects: Jean d’Orbais, Jean-le-Loup, Gaucher of Reims & Bernard de Soissons.
- Architectural type: Church.
- Style: French Gothic.
Nearby Things To Do
Palais du Tau is right next to the Reims Cathedral, It’s the Former bishops’ residence, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, housing statues from the cathedral. Museum of Fine Arts, an 18th-century setting for paintings & furniture, including works by Cranach, Corot & toiles peintes, is located only 2 minutes from the cathedral. Place Royale is a Landmark city square surrounded by quaint buildings, with a monument to Louis XV in the centre.
WHERE TO STAY IN REIMS
Nearby places to stay as cheap as possible budget under £100/$100/€100:
- Holiday Inn Reims Centre Located just 400 yards from Reims Convention Centre, Holiday Inn Reims Centre is ideally located in the historic centre of Reims, and it features the only panoramic restaurant in Reims and a bar. check price.
- La Demeure des Sacres Located in the centre of Reims, La Demeure des Sacres is set in a 20th-Century property and offers boutique-style accommodation with a large garden. The Reims Cathedral is just 350 yards from the B&B and Reims Convention Centre is a 10-minute walk away. check price.
- Logis Hôtel Au Tambour Located 1,000 yards from Reims city centre, this Logis Hotel is just a 15-minute walk from the town centre, train station and Reims Champagne Congrès. It offers a heated outdoor swimming pool and private parking in garages. Check Price.
Nearby places to stay at a budget price over £100:
- Grand Hôtel Des Templiers located in Reims, just a 15-minute walk to the city centre and an 8-minute drive from Reims Convention Centre. It features an indoor swimming pool and a sauna. Check Price.
- Les Suites Champenoises is set in Tinqueux in the Champagne – Ardenne Region, 2.7 miles from Reims city centre. Offering 2 sun terraces and a hot tub. Check Price
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Address: Place du Cardinal Luçon, 51100 Reims, France | Coordinates: 49°15′13″N 4°2′3″E
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Italy is a sovereign state in Europe, situated in the heart of the mediterranean sea. Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2. Shares open land borders with France, Austria, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City and Slovenia.
Italy was certainly influenced by many powerful cultures and political forces over time, including the Byzantines, Etruscans and Greeks, but it was the world-changing impact of both the Roman civilization and the Italian Renaissance that contributed most-significantly to its status in the modern world.
Italy has the third largest nominal GDP in the Eurozone and the eighth largest in the world. As an advanced economy, the country has the sixth-largest worldwide national wealth and it is ranked third for its central bank gold reserve. Italy has a very high level of human development and it stands among the top countries for life expectancy.
Republic of Italy Timeline
|The Kingdom of Italy established excluding Rome, Venice, San Marino; King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia became King of Italy|
|Italy obtained Venice from Austria|
|Italian forces occupied Rome|
|Rome named the capital of Italy|
|Italy joined World War I on side of Allies|
|Allies won World War I|
|Gains Trentino, South Tyrol, and Trieste under peace treaties.|
|Fascists took control of Rome; Benito Mussolini named Prime Minister|
|Mussolini became Dictator of Italy|
|Lateran Treaty creates the state of Vatican City.|
|Italy invades Ethiopia.|
|Mussolini formed anti-Communist Axis with Germany|
|Italy entered World War II as an ally of Germany|
|Italy declares war on USSR.|
|Italy surrendered to Allied forces; Mussolini forced to resign; Italy declared war on Germany|
|Allied Armies liberated Rome|
|Mussolini, who had been rescued from prison by Germans, is captured and executed by Italian partisans.|
|Italians voted to end monarchy and established a republic|
|Italy cedes land and territories under the peace treaty.|
|Italy joins European Coal and Steel Community.|
|Italy became a founding member of the European Economic Community|
|Italy joined United Nations|
|Founder member of European Economic Community.|
Olympic Games held in Rome
|Flood waters from Arno River in Florence damaged many works of art|
|Italian Football team won World Cup in Spain|
|Roman Catholicism lost status as the state religion of Italy|
|338 Mafia members convicted of criminal activities|
|World Cup held in Italy|
|Italy joined the European Union|
|Italy adopted Euro as its currency|
Euro replaces the lira
|Multi-billion euros fraud at Parmalat food-manufacturing company exposed|
|Earthquake in Abruzzo region killed over 300|
|Italian women held nationwide anti-Berlusconi demonstrations|
|The government takes full control of the troubled ILVA steel plant, based in Taranto in southern Italy.|
|Veneto and Lombardy, two wealthy northern regions, vote overwhelmingly in favour of greater autonomy in non-binding referendums.|
|Elections produce a hung parliament and ongoing efforts to form a government.|
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