Orléans Cathedral

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Cathedral of the Holy Cross of Orléans
Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans
Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans 1.JPG
Facade of Orléans Cathedral
Basic information
Location Orléans, France France
Geographic coordinates 47°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
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Province Diocese of Orléans
Country France
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral
Status Active
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Gothic, Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1601 (1601)
Completed 1829 (1829)
Length 140 metres (460 ft)
Width (nave) 40 metres (130 ft)
Height (max) 88 metres (289 ft) (2 towers)
Spire(s) one
Spire height 114 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.

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 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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