Sainte-Croix Cathedral

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Sainte-Croix Cathedral featuring interior views, a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

Learn about the fascinating association with Joan of Arc in this 13th-century basilica that is an iconic feature of the Orléans skyline.

Gaze in awe at the Sainte Croix Cathedral, an elaborate Gothic masterpiece with twin towers looming over a spacious plaza. In style and size, the church roughly resembles the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. However, its unique history is spelled out by the stunning stained-glassed windows that tell the story of Joan of Arc, who attended evening Mass here while defending Orléans from English attack.

Capture photos of the detailed façade of the church from the avenue leading to it. Marvel at the Baroque stonework of the western frontage with its rose windows and gaze up at the 289-foot (88-meter) towers. The bell tower rises to a height of 374 feet (114 meters). Walk around the exterior of the church to note the various intriguing architectural designs.

Enter through the main portal and find yourself in the nave between aisles and a transept. Gray stone columns and arches line the nave and carved wooden choir stalls sit in the corner. Inspect the organ, with intricate carvings atop the pipes.

Find out about the religious structure’s intriguing history, including earlier churches built on this site. Joan of Arc prayed at this cathedral before breaking the siege of the English. See the site’s highlight, its stained-glass windows that tell the story of the French heroine. The windows enlighten us about parts of the church that no longer exist.

The structure was damaged and restored several times over the centuries, most notably in the 16th century and again during World War II. An archeological site is beneath the floor, covering relics from the 4th to the 11th centuries.

Sainte Croix Cathedral is in the midst of museums, gardens and other landmarks in the center of the city. Famous nearby attractions include the Orléans Museum of Fine Arts, the Orléans Theatre and the Orléans City Hall. Walk along the well-known Rue Jeanne d’Arc to find the church. Visit the church daily from morning until late afternoon. It is free to enter.

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Jackotel Orleans
Jackotel Orleans
2 out of 5
18 Cloitre Saint Aignan, Orleans
The price is $74 per night from Nov 30 to Nov 30
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Mercure Orléans Centre
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4 out of 5
44, quai Barentin, Orleans, Loiret
The price is $86 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
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Empreinte Hôtel & Spa
Empreinte Hôtel & Spa
4 out of 5
80 Quai du Chatelet, Orleans
The price is $161 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
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Sejours & Affaires Orleans Jeanne d'Arc
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The price is $78 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
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