Orléans Cathedral

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Cathedral of the Holy Cross of Orléans
Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans
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Orléans Cathedral
AffiliationRoman Catholic Church
ProvinceDiocese of Orléans
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusCathedral
LocationOrléans, France France
Geographic coordinates47°54′6″N 1°54′37″E / 47.90167°N 1.91028°E / 47.90167; 1.91028Coordinates: 47°54′6″N 1°54′37″E / 47.90167°N 1.91028°E / 47.90167; 1.91028
StyleGothic, Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking1601 (1601)
Completed1829 (1829)
Length140 metres (460 ft)
Width (nave)40 metres (130 ft)
Height (max)88 metres (289 ft) (2 towers)
Spire height114 metres (374 ft)

Orléans Cathedral (French: Basilique Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans[1]) is a Roman Catholic church located in the city of Orléans, France. The cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Orléans and was built from 1278 to 1329 and 1601–1829 (after partial destruction in 1568). The edifice is in the Gothic architectural style.

View of the nave

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, the defender of Orléans.



  1. ^ in English, "Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Cross"
  2. ^ Joan of Arc Archive Biography Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine 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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