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Saint Remi Basilica: Distant view of facade
Dedicated to the 5th-century Saint Remi (Bishop Remigius), revered as the patron saint of the inhabitants of Reims, who is buried in the church. Adjacent to the basilica stands an important Benedictine abbey, formerly known as the Royal Abbey of St Remi. The Saint Remi Basilica (a parish church) dates from the 11th, 12th, 13th and 15th centuries. Most of the construction of the church finished in the 11th century, with additions made later. The nave and transepts, Romanesque in style, date mainly from the earliest, the façade of the south transept from the latest of those periods, the choir and apse chapels from the 12th and 13th centuries. The 17th and 19th centuries saw further additions. The building suffered greatly in World War I, and the meticulous restoration work of architect Henri Deneux rebuilt it from its ruins over the following 40 years.