Feb 4, 2013

Cathedral St. Croix, Orleans, France

Joan of Arc, famous Orlean’s maiden; her association with the city of Orleans made us add it to our itinerary. She fought the English presence in her country, to crown their king; that was in 1429. If you wish to refresh yourself with the story of this brave lady, check here. Joan of Arc stayed at a house in Orleans during this time for a few days which got destroyed in WWII; today there is a copy of the house ‘Maison de Jeanne d'Arc’.


Even the cathedral she attended in the evening mass of 2nd May 1429 got famous because of this prestigious association. The interior of this cathedral is stunning. I was amazed at its size and details, “yet another medieval church that made a bold statement about its power and wealth!” I thought. The huge stain glass windows depict the story of Joan of Arc. My daughters enjoyed this visit very much; they could connect with the place and the stained window paintings and were full of admiration for Joan of Arc!

Rose window, exterior view and interior view.

The very first window depicts 17 year old Joan hearing voices asking her to drive out the English. She saved Orleans. The story goes on through several panels. The last window shows her being burnt alive, after she was defeated, captured and judged for sorcery.

29 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Very nice pictures Indrani.....you have visit a lot of nice places.
thanks for this post.

Greetings, Joop

Himanshu Nagpal said...

Awesome. Good pics and the information as well.

ladyfi said...

Those stained glass windows are lovely!

HANS-PETER ZÜRCHER said...

Fantastische Bilder liebe Indrani...

Umarmung und Grüsse aus der Schweiz

Hans-Peter

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures and history, Indrani! Wonderful, informative post as always! Enjoy your week!

CailinMarie said...

I was fascinated by Joan of Arc as a kid. Such an interesting story- how young she was - and wearing armor -and riding a horse into battle! Now I am curious how much is legend and how much is history? Very interesting.

Mama Zen said...

Incredible pictures!

Carver said...

Beautiful cathedral which you captured so well.

Karen said...

Thanks for the tour! Terrific shots.

Jackie said...

You have outdone yourself if that is possible. I love this series of pictures and the history too.

The perspective in the first photo is amazing!

I hope you have a great week!

Team G Square said...

Colorful windows . Love the pictures .

Ebie said...

Wow! I love those windows, they look like kaleidoscope! You are well traveled!

Krishna said...

beautiful inner views of Cathedral

you captured well

thanks

George said...

Thanks for sharing another beautiful cathedral with us. I really like your first photo of the ceiling of the cathedral.

AmitAag said...

Grand pictures on a grand post!
Thank you Indrani:)

Dianne said...

Wonderful captures of the historic building

Yamada Miyako said...

Beautiful pictures of cathedral, where I have no chance to see first hand.
Thank you very much for sharing them and really glad to have your visit.
I hope you will have a wonderful new week♬♬♬

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Fun60 said...

I love hearing about the stories attached to such beautiful historical places. Those stained glass windows look magnificent.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Wonderful Stained glass windows these are, and so well captured are all the pics. Joan of Arc, having read about at courage and valor, it must have been a great feeling to see Orleans

Kusum Sanu said...

Gothic structures are really grand! The glass painting is awesome!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Oh my gosh!! So beautiful
Hugs
SueAnn

lotusleaf said...

I love those arches !

sunil deepak said...

The gothic architecture looks great

Bob Bushell said...

Nice pieces of art, beautiful.

Gattina said...

An architectural jewel !

Meoww said...

The arches did it for me too. But the tinted class windows and dome. Wow! What a lovely place.

Haddock said...

Everything made in those days were huge, giving importance to the minor details.

Rajesh said...

Those glass paintings are stunning.

Meghana Hassan said...

Looks grt....