Orléans Cathedral

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Orléans Cathedral
Choir and nave of the chatedral

Orléans Cathedral (Basilique Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans[1]) 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.[2]

The cathedral's stained glass windows now depict the story of Joan of Arc.


  1. ^ in English, "Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Cross"
  2. ^ Joan of Arc Archive Biography Accessed 5 Sept 2006.
  • “Orléans Cathedral.” (albumen print from 1857), A. D. White Architectural Photographs Collection, Cornell University Rare and Manuscript Collections (15/5/3090.01

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Coordinates: 47°54′6″N 1°54′37″E / 47.90167°N 1.91028°E / 47.90167; 1.91028