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The Loire Valley Sights

Cathédrale Ste-Croix

Updated 04/07/2014

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A riot of pinnacles and gargoyles embellished with 18th-century wedding-cake towers, the Cathédrale Ste-Croix is both Gothic and pseudo-Gothic. After most of it was destroyed in the 16th century during the Wars of Religion, Henry IV and his successors rebuilt the cathedral. Novelist Marcel Proust (1871–1922) called it France's ugliest church, but most find it impressive. Inside are dramatic stained glass and 18th-century wood carvings, plus the modern Chapelle de

Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc Chapel), with plaques in memory of British and American war dead.

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Pl. Ste-Croix, Orléans, 45000, France

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Sight Details:

  • May–Sept, daily 9:15–6; Oct.–Apr., daily 9:15–noon and 2–6

Updated 04/07/2014

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Feb 22, 2005

Outstanding and Impressive Cathedral

I have seen most famous cathedrals in France several times and still remain impressed by Ste-Croix. Worth a trip into Orleans to see.

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