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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Brudan Roxana Adriana (42 days ago)
Orléans is a little jewely like city, everything is nice and lovely. The cathedral was a great visit, with the choir and music playing when we entered, magic moment. The city has many monuments and places related to Jeanne d'Arc. Don't hesitate to walk around the city center, the stop is worth it.
Meng (2 months ago)
A magnificent cathedral built long time ago and still charms everyone nowadays!
Angela Burt (3 months ago)
Gothic splendour set in the beautiful town of Orleans. The old town is a must see.
Mirza Hussnain (4 months ago)
Beautiful Place with easy access by local buses and Trams through the City. Sorrunded with best Restaurants and Situated in Centre of city.
Greg Tymms (5 months ago)
Found it by chance just on 7pm when the sun was highlighting the front architecture. Just MAGNIFICENT
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