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.

It was originally built from 1278 to 1329. It was partially destroyed in 1568 by the Huguenots during the French Wars of Religion, but was rebuilt between 1601 and 1829.[2] The edifice is in the Gothic architectural style.

During the Siege of Orléans, the cathedral was visited frequently by Joan of Arc.[3] The cathedral's stained glass windows now depict the story of Joan's actions that contributed to the lifting of the siege.[4]


View of the nave

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  1. ^ in English, "Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Cross"
  2. ^ Glendinning, Miles (2013). The Conservation Movement: A History of Architectural Preservation: Antiquity to Modernity. Routledge. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-136-16701-0. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  3. ^ DeVries, Kelly (2003). Joan of Arc: A Military Leader. Sutton. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-7509-2787-1. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  4. ^ Gordon, Mary (29 July 2008). Joan of Arc: A Life. Penguin. p. 41. ISBN 978-1-4406-3273-0. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  • “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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