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    Museum of Archeology (hotel cabu)Orleans

    by gwened Written Apr 28, 2014

    something nice to see and a picture from my vault of the old hôtel Cabu, now its the museum of archaeological and history of Orléans.

    The museum opened in 1823. However ,the general public was not allowed in until 1825 when it become an annex of the municipal Conservatory of musique. The archaeological museum was renamed historical Museum in 1855.

    In 1862, the Museum moved to new premises at the hotel Cabu or House of Diane de Poitiers. During World War II in June 1940, a large part of the collections of the Museum are destroyed after a fire caused by the bombing of the city . The restoration of the premises of the Museum is involved in the 1960s. Having been evacuated before Museum collections the bombing of 1940 re-enter the Museum. Again welcomes the public from 1966.

    The Museum is located in the city centre of Orleans in the Cabu hotel. It shows three collections main of Neuvy-en-Sullias treasure: a set of bronze statues of the Gallic and Gallo-Roman era.Medieval architecture: represented by a set of elements of the middle ages and the Renaissance from the buildings of the region, including stuccoes of the Carolingian oratory of Germigny-des-Prés and the capitals of the Abbey of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire;The history of Orleans: through the Navigation on the Loire and Joan of Arc, heroine of the war of hundred years associated with the city.

    The city page for the museum
    http://www.orleans.fr/mes-loisirs/expositions-musees/musees/le-musee-historique-et-archeologique.htm?cHash=

    and the archaological society of Orléans
    http://www.saho.fr/

    hotel Cabu, museum of archeology and history
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    Cathedral de St Croix

    by gwened Updated Apr 28, 2014

    very old cathedral, a church here from 330AD, the Cathedral of the Bourbons, and so many history its very nice to see, the one thing that makes me come is Joanne d'Arc
    Every year on May 7 while the feast Joanne or Fêtes Johanniques takes place on the aprvis the remise of the standard (that resemble that of joanne d'arc) is shown. the Cathedral gets a light all over and music sound.

    A bit of condense history of this glorious Cathedral.
    In 1278, the Bishop Robert of Courtenay, grandson of the King of France Louis le Gros, decided instead to restore the building in ruins, to build another Church in the new style that then flourished in France.
    In 1567 began the second war of religion and Orleans, past at the hands of protestants who soon after the ravages caused in town,and against this excitation the Prince de Condé, at the head of the protestants made wall openings of the Cathedral to avoid looting. However, a small group of zealots huguenots, disappointed to see ready to deal with Catholics, Conde sneaks into the Cathedral on the night of 23-24 March 1568 and blew the four pillars of the crossing of the transepts. The pillars are collapsing, causing the Bell Tower, the copper sphere overcoming it, the vaults of the choir and the nave.

    On 2 July 1598 King Henri IV returns from Brittany, after having signed the edict of Nantes, which will put an end to the wars of religion. In Orleans, it promises to launch, at the expense of the State, the reconstruction of the Cathedral. It seals the first stone on April 18, 1601.

    In 1940, during the German advance, part of the ancient Center of Orléans is ravaged by bombs and German shells. The Cathedral is also affected, but the damage remain minor, as well as in 1944. Since the end of World War II, restoration succession in order to restore the building its past splendour. However, not all the horrors of war are repaired: for example, access to the two towers is closed to the public because unrepaired since 1940; following the bombing of May 1944, the bourdon Bell the most serious (and therefore largest) was finally cracked (in 1971). Therefore become unusable, it has been redesigned and relocated in 2012.

    Cath��drale Sainte Croix-Orl��ans going up rue Jeanne d'Arc to Cath St Croix side of cathedral St Croix the organ of St Croix arriving side of St Croix
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    Hotel Groslot, Orléans

    by gwened Updated Mar 21, 2014

    Beautiful building full of history and very near the Cathedral go see it. It is from the 16C, it was the mayor's office then finally a place to held marriages.

    The Groslot family were rich merchant and did a beautiful building visited over the years by kings François II, Charles IX , as well as the regent Catherine de Médicis.

    Hotel Groslot was built from 1530 to 1550 for the financier i Jacques Groslot. It was the Hôtel de Ville from 1790, the interior was restored in 1850. Today you can walk the beautiful rooms such the Salon d’Honneur,salle des Gardes, and the old Salle du Conseil Municipal, old office of the mayor or bureau du Maire ,and the room or salle des Mariages (where king François II, came with Catherine de Médicis, his mother, and married Marie Stuart, preside the general assembly or Etats Généraux (1560). Charles IX, Henri III, and Henri IV were ,also, visitors/hosts. YOu can see many souvenirs of Jeanne d’Arc, as well as quality tiles, tapestries of Aubusson ,and furniture.

    entrance hotel Groslot inside dining room at Hotel Groslot living room sort of of hotel Groslot in front of chimney Hotel Groslot see 1 photo gardens to back of Hotel Groslot
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    Statue.

    by alectrevor Written Feb 10, 2013

    Joan of Arc 1412 -- 1431. The maid of Orleans is a folk heroine of France., and RC saint. She was burned at the stake for heresy when 19 years old. 25 years later the Pope pronouced her innocent. The statue is in the middle of the main square Orleans.

    Statue  of Joan of Arc

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    Maison Jeanne d'Arc

    by gwened Written Jun 14, 2012

    This is renovated house that purporsely states the Joanne d'Arc lived here. Now its a museum, renacting the battle of Orleans that she helped free.

    her story in English
    http://www.jeannedarc.com.fr/centre/centre.htm

    Maison Jeanne d'Arc up the stairs at maison jeanne d'arc
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    Cathedrale Ste-Croix

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 27, 2012

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    Cathedrale Ste-Croix- the typical sample of a "burning" gothic style. The initial cathedral practically was completely destroyed during religious wars. Yhe crowning of Gugo Capeth took place in an old cathedral in 987. The new Cathedral was constructed in XVII century.
    It has two towers 82 m. You can go upstears to admire a beautiful view from the tower. There is Musee des Beaux-Arts in the northern part of the Cathedral.

    Orleans - Cathedrale Ste-Croix
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    Jeanne d'Arc

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 27, 2012

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    First of all the city associates with "the Orlean's maiden". It is considered that Jeanne d'Arc in 1429, burning with the desire to release the country from English presence and to crown the king, strucked a crushing blow to the opponent here.
    Jeanne's equestrian statue is installed at the main square of the city. There is Maison de Jeanne d'Arc in Orlean. It'a a copy of a real house where Jeanna stayed for a few days. It was restored in 1965 because the prototype was destroyed during WWII.

    You can watch my 0 min 59 sec Video Orleans out of my Youtube channel.

    Orleans - Jeanne d'Arc
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    St. Croix Cathedral

    by black_mimi99 Updated Sep 8, 2010

    The original 13th century cathedral was destroyed in the 16th century by the Huguenots, and rebuilt between the 17th and 19th centuries in its present Gothic style. Of particular interest are the rose window dedicated to Louis XIV, the chapel of Joan of Arc, the ornate woodwork depicting the life of Christ around the choir and transepts, and the crypt which contains a diverse range of ecclesiastical treasures, some dating as far back as the fourth century.

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    Cathedrale Sainte-Croix

    by codrutz Updated Jun 26, 2008

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    The big cathedral in Orleans is a very beautiful classic Gothic cathedral. The actual cathedral stands from 1829 but as all great monuments it had a very troubled history.

    In 330 when Orleans was called Aurelianum a roman church was established on the actual place of Sainte-Croix. But it was finished only in 450. In 865 the Normands tried to destroy it but did not succeed so the Carolingians rebuilt it in 883. In 999 a big fire burned Orleans and Sainte-Croix. In the 11th century the church was upgraded to the rang of cathedral and there were improvement to grow it bigger as a Roman cathedral - but it was finished only in 1227. In 1278 the cathedral begun the reconstruction for the new style of the moment - the Gothic style - modifications that took place in the 13th and 14th centuries. In 1429 the Sainte-Croix played a role in the siege of Orleans on May 8th when Joan d'Arc prayed here for the victory. The cathedral was not destroyed by the hundred years war in the 14th-15th century.

    On 23-24 February 1568 a group of fanatic Huguenots entered the cathedral and blasted major columns inflicting a great damage to the cathedral, rendering it dangerous and useless for 30 years. In 1598 the King of France Henry IV ordered the reconstruction of the cathedral. The reconstruction lasted 90 years, from 1601 when the cathedral was opened to masses until 1690 when it was finished. More modifications were made between 1739 and 1773. Works have been interrupted by the French Revolution in 1789. Works restarted in 1817 and the cathedral was finished in the actual form in 1829, when it was inaugurated by the King of France Charles X.

    The 2nd world war also damaged by bombs the Sainte-Croix, since 1940 towers are being reconstructed and the public access in the two towers is forbidden.

    The cathedral is 140 meters long, the two towers in the front have 88 meters in height and the spire 114 meters.

    Sainte-Croix cathedral in Orleans

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    Bridge over Loire

    by codrutz Written Jun 26, 2008

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    Orleans is also located on the river Seine, that is why it was so important in history of France. The bridge over Seine resembles to all of the bridges along the river, you can't really choose them apart if you didn't make a note on the picture when you took it.

    As I later found this was only one of the 5 bridges that cross the river Seine in Orleans.

    River over Seine in Orleans

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    Cathedral

    by JPVC Written Jun 14, 2005

    Cathedral of Orleans one of best and most famous holly sites in the city of Orleans
    very gothic and very beautiful
    you have to go and pray and all your prays most be heared from Jesus in this Cathedral.

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    Ever been to CHEVERNY? Well,...

    by sandravdp Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Ever been to CHEVERNY? Well, take your chance! At Cheverny you can go on a flight in a balloon and see the castle here from the air. Ofcourse if you don't like flying you can discover the castle on foot too :) For more information take a look in my TRAVELLOGUE!

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    CHAMBORD is one of the biggest...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    CHAMBORD is one of the biggest castles of the Loire area. The land around it is huge and the castle too. You can take a look inside, but make sure that you don't get lost lol ;) There's more to see about this beautiful castle in my TRAVELLOGUE!

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    Near Orleans is ST AUBIN. This...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Near Orleans is ST AUBIN. This small town has a nice castle. You can walk around in the forest here, visit the castle church and stables and take a look inside the castle. Find out more in my TRAVELLOGUE!

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    Could the teenage Jeanne d'Arc...

    by Pamela_Peace Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Could the teenage Jeanne d'Arc have possibly known from Chateau Chinon what fate awaited her? Injured, sold to the English, imprisoned, she would within 2 years be labeled a 'sorciere' and burned alive in the French town of Rouen (also famous for the infamous carriage ride of Madame Bovary - Flaubert)

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