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  • 1 Cathedral of Ste Croix Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Ste-Croix F - 45000 Orléans

    Built from the 13C to the early 16C, the cathedral was partly destroyed in 1586 by the Protestants. In recognition of the town's support, Henry IV undertook its reconstruction in a composite Gothic style. There is a lovely three-porch façade with ros..

  • 2 Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. Ste-Croix F - 45000 Orléans

    The quality and diversity of this collection make it one of the most important in France. Pictures, sculpture and objects recount the history of European art from the 16C to the 20C. Note the series of 18C portraits of Mme de Pompadour by François-Hu..

  • 3 Parc Floral de la Source Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    av. du Parc-Floral F - 45070 Orléans

    This 30 hectare park is a window on horticulture in the Orleans region. It contains a large variety of plants and several animal species including deer and emu. Among the other delights for the eyes, the mirror gives a beautiful view of the castle an..

  • 4 House of Joan of Arc Interesting

    Museums and art

    3 pl. Charles-de-Gaulle F - 45000 Orléans

    A faithful reconstruction, after the bombings of 1940, of the house of Jacques Boucher, treasurer to the Duke of Orleans, where Joan of Arc lived in 1429. Models and a diorama retrace the history of «La Pucelle» and the end of the siege of Orleans on..

  • 5 Musée Historique et Archéologique Interesting

    Museums and art

    pl. de l'Abbé-Desnoyers F - 45000 Orléans

    The Le Neuvy-en-Sullias Gallo-Roman hoard, made up of statues of boars and a bronze horse, is the focal point of this museum. It is housed in the fine Hôtel Cabu (15C). There are sculptures from Germigny-des-Prés and Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, historic ..

  • 6 Hôtel Toutin

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. N.-D.-de-Recouvrance F - 45000 Orléans

    This mansion was built in 1540 for Toutin, page to the son of François I. The statue of François I stands covered in vines in the courtyard with its double gallery of Renaissance arcades.

  • 7 Hôtel Groslot

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de l'Étape F - 45000 Orléans

    Built in 1550 by the bailiff Jacques Groslot, this is a vast Renaissance home in contrasting lozenge and red brick. Lovely interior decoration. The kings of France stayed here when passing through Orleans - Charles IX, Henry III, François II (who die..

  • 8 Public Gardens, Rue d'Escures

    Nature and gardens

    r. d'Escures F - 45000 Orléans

    The 15C façade of the former Chapelle Saint-Jacques is now located here. Opposite the garden stand the façades of the Pavillons d'Escures, 17C bourgeois houses.

  • 9 Place Ste-Croix

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Ste-Croix F - 45000 Orléans

    Lined with classical façades on a row of arcades, this square was made in around 1840. There is a bronze statue representing the Loire holding the sons of the Valley in the folds of her dress. The Hôtel des Créneaux (15C façade) was the town hall of ..

  • 10 Place du Martroi

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Martroi F - 45000 Orléans

    The name acts as a reminder us that a martyretum, or early Christian cemetery, was on this site. This square showcases the statue of Joan of Arc by Denis Foyatier (1793-1863). Remains of the Bannier Gate are visible in the pedestrian walkway to the u..

  • 11 Pavillon de la Chancellerie

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Royale F - 45000 Orléans

    This pavilion was built by the Duke of Orleans in 1759 to house his archives.

  • 12 Rue Royale

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Royale F - 45000 Orléans

    Lined with arcades, this important street was built in 1755 at the same time as the Pont Royal, now Pont George V. The earlier main street of the medieval town, Rue Sainte-Catherine, was thus suddently relegated in significance.

  • 13 Pavillon Colas des Francs

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sq. Boucher F - 45000 Orléans

    Isolated in its garden, this gracious little Renaissance building and former store has an archive room on the ground floor and a former silver room on the first floor.

  • 14 Quai Fort-des-Tourelles

    Archaeological and historical sites

    quai Fort-des-Tourelles F - 45000 Orléans

    In front of a little square with (another) statue of Joan of Arc, a commemorative cross and engraving stand on the wall running along the Loire marking the place of the former Fort des Tourelles, the scene of Joan's exploits and place where she was i..

  • 15 Quai du Châtelet

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai du Châtelet F - 45000 Orléans

    This shaded embankment makes for a long promenade along the water's edge.

  • 16 Rue de Bourgogne

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de Bourgogne F - 45000 Orléans

    This street has a large pedestrianised section and is a major shopping hub. During the Gallo-Roman era, it was the main east-west route through the town. Note the façade of the 15C stone house with a half-timbered gable at n°221, then pass in front o..

  • 17 Église St-Aignan

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Pierre-Le-Puellier F - 45000 Orléans

    Only the choir and transept of this vast Gothic church remain. It was consecrated in 1509, and the nave was burned down during the religious wars. There is an 11C crypt.

  • 18 Campo Santo

    Nature and gardens

    r. Dupanloup F - 45000 Orléans

    Near to the school of fine arts, this is an old cemetery that was established here, outside the city walls, in the 12C. It is lined with arcaded galleries dating back to the 16C.

  • 19 Centre Charles-Péguy

    Museums and art

    11 r. du Tabour F - 45000 Orléans

    The former Hôtel Euverte-Hatte is also known as Maison d'Agnès Sorel... This building was however constructed after the death Charles VII's favourite... The library is devoted to Charles Péguy (1873-1914), his life, his work and his literary and poli..

  • 20 Centre Jeanne-d'Arc

    Museums and art

    3 pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 45000 Orléans

    The centre has a cinema, book, photo and video library devoted to Joan of Arc, her adventures and the works she has inspired.

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