Orléans Cathedral

Orléans, France

Orléans Cathedral (Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans) is a Gothic catholic cathedral in the city of Orléans, France. It is the seat of the Bishop of Orléans and it was built from 1278 to 1329 and 1601-1829 (after partial destruction in 1568).

The cathedral is probably most famous for its association with Joan of Arc. The French heroine attended evening Mass in this cathedral on May 2, 1429, while in the city to lift the siege. The cathedral's stained glass windows now depict the story of Joan of Arc.



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Founded: 1278-1329
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)


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Aissam Djahnine (8 months ago)
The place is iconic, starting with the detailed colorful glass windows that speak to us about history to the ancient roofs witnessing all the holy events happened beneath them, the smell of the floor and the warmth of the booths. It is beautiful day and night, from the inside and the outside.
Marie Holm, PhD (9 months ago)
Historic, picturesque cathedral. Only drawback is being a bit hounded by people asking for money on your way in and out. But the peace of this place is well worth the time. Detailed stained-glass windows and a calm nearly eery feeling in the building that somehow transports you back to the quest of the courageous Joan of Arc.
Priyadharshni RAMANUJAM (11 months ago)
It's really pretty! The stain glass windows are so colourful so as a foreigner, I love these typical European styled gothic cathedrals. The structure is a combination of architecture from different times so you can look out for the differences.
SEONGHO CHOI (11 months ago)
It is said that Joan of Arc attended the evening mass at this cathedral after defeating British forces in the 1429 Liberation of Orleans.
Wiola Dolińska (13 months ago)
Impressing building. Its splendor and grandness are breathtaking. It's good to see but in the area there aren't any good places to spend time
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