St. Peter Abbey of Huatvillers, Champagne

The abbey was founded in 650 by St Nivard, Archbishop of Rheims. This is the abbey that Champagne wine was created by Dom Pérignon with the principle of champagnization in collaboration with Dom Thierry Ruinart. The church of St. Sindulphe also houses the tombs of Dom Pérignon and Dom Royer. The abbey is the property of the Champagne house Moët & Chandon,

As the church door opens it felt like travelling back time, back to that era. The architecture of the church seems timeless. Of course, as a Catholic, the first thing to do is pray, sit and take a moment to enjoy the interior of the church – the painting, pipe’s organ, the wooden benches and more. Church always give me a peaceful feeling whenever I visit them. This is the first stop at Reims before we headed to Notre-Dame de Reims, where the kings of France were crowned.

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