The Loire Valley Sights

Cathédrale Ste-Croix

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  • Orléans
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 06/25/2015

Fodor's Review

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

Published 06/25/2015


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