Feb 7, 2013

Facade Of St. Croix, Orleans, France

I wonder how a church that has been damaged not once but twice, get back all its splendor, stand tall and magnificent! The St Croix at Orleans is one such monument! The 13th century cathedral was destroyed once in 1568 by Protestants. It was reconstructed in Gothic style. This was damaged in WWII and again restored to its previous glory. The monochrome façade has fantastic details. My neck ached as I gazed upwards and my eyes resting on every detail. Definitely a wonder of a monument by medieval builders and craftsmen!

Most attractive part of the façade is the 'wedding cake' like towers.


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28 comments:

Meena said...

'wedding cake' like towers.... Describes it PERFECTLY :)

eileeninmd said...

I am glad it was restored. It is a beautiful cathedral. The towers are attractive. Great photos, Indrani. Have a happy day!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Wow! Gorgeous building
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SueAnn

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful cathedral Indrani.

Team G Square said...

Lovely pictures

TexWisGirl said...

amazing.

Sylvia K said...

I love the "wedding cake" towers and what an awesome cathedral it is, Indrani! Wonderful captures as always! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Carver said...

That's a beautiful facade.

Anu said...

The "wedding cake" alike tower is truly beautiful!

EG CameraGirl said...

Magnificent! I'm sure it cost a LOT to restore.

George said...

'Wedding Cake' is a great description for these marvelous towers. The cathedral itself is magnificent. I'm glad it was rebuilt -- twice.

The Write Girl said...

Gorgeous view! I enjoy visiting your sky in France. Thanks for sharing!

Joyful said...

This is a magnificent structure. I esp. like the close up of the detail. Happy SWF.

Photo Cache said...

you are right, they do look like wedding cakes.

ladyfi said...

How magnificent in every detail!

Karen said...

France, this... excellent!

AmitAag said...

Amazing clicks, Indrani:)

Krishna said...

Nice photos...

thanks

magiceye said...

Beautifully captured!

beyondzephyr.com said...

Wow..what a beautiful building, and the wedding cake towers are just magnificent!

Laloofah said...

They sure don't build 'em like that anymore (but I'm glad they can restore them!) The engineering and craftsmanship skills of medieval builders was indeed a marvel! I love the detailed intricacy in that second photo.

Pietro said...

Magnificent cathedral, very nice views Indrani.

ashok said...

good snaps Ind...

Valerie said...

Magnificent indeed, Indrani. I, too, marvel at the talent of stonemasons, engineers, architects and all the other trades involved in the construction of such beautiful buildings from yesteryear. Thank you for sharing. Happy weekend!

Laura said...

such lovely architecture Indrani... how fortunate you are to travel the way you do and see so much of the world:-)

Jesh St Germain said...

You were at the First Orleans! (here in the States New Orleans is illustrious as well).

Rajesh said...

Very grand church.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

It does look like a wedding cake!