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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Yuin Chung Lok (10 months ago)
One of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. Large panes of stained glass. City itself is gorgeous and classy. Head straight out of cathedral front facade, follow the tram tracks, make a right on a little pedestrianised road, follow it round to the main square with the Jean D'Arc monument.
Laura Schünemann (10 months ago)
This impressive cathedral is the most famous sight in Orléans! You definitely have to visit it and walk around inside to enjoy the atmosphere
Josep Puente (12 months ago)
Beautiful cathedral. Amazing monument. Very well preserved. Peaceful ambient. Several nieces glass rosette. It's a must if you are visiting Orleans.
J Rice (14 months ago)
Beautiful cathedral. Strongly suggest waking through it if you have any down time in Orleans. It's free so nothing to lose other than time if you do not enjoy it.
Aissam Djahnine (2 years 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.
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