Cathédrale Sainte-Croix

ORLEANS

Descriptive

Officially inaugurated on 8th May 1829, 400 years after the liberation of Orléans by Joan of Arc, the impressive Gothic structure (140 metres in length, 53-metre façade and spire rising 114 metres in height) was listed as a historical monument in 1862. In addition to the choir, a magnificent work whose vault reconstructed under the reign of Henry IV lies at the top of beautiful medieval chapels, the façades of the transept which pay tribute to the glory of Louis XIV displaying his motto and sun and the impressive stalls sculpted during the 18th century by the artist, Jules Degoullons, are the most remarkable features of the cathedral.

Did you know ? La cathédrale Sainte-Croix est une des rares églises, et peut-être la seule au monde, dont les piliers ne portent pas de croix, qui rappellent la consécration de toute église. En effet la tradition rapporte que Saint Euverte, évêque d'Orléans au IVème siècle, eu une vision alors qu'il célébrait le rite de consécration : il vit la main de Dieu bénissant la cathédrale. Il arrêta alors la célébration en disant : "cette cathédrale a été bénite de main de Dieu, elle ne le sera point de main d'homme !". La clé de voûte du chevet rappelle cette histoire.

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Contact and location

Cathédrale Sainte-Croix
Place Sainte-Croix
45000 ORLEANS

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