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Orleans, France
April 23, 2008
Pete's Pics > Orleans, France
Home, sort of, to Jeanne d'Arc
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A Saint Aignan Church has been on this site since the 6th century. Aignan helped defend the city from Attila and his Huns. The current building was constructed during the 15th and 16th centuries


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Eglise Reformee, or Reform Church, has been reformed right out of churching. Following deconsecration it is currently used for art exhibits


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Interior of the ex-Reform church


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Exiting the church square toward the city center


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More "file-to-fit" architecture


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Climbing up from the river. Aren't the trash cans attractive?


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The "Befroi", or Bell Tower, is where the magistrates met in the 15th century. In 1445, a 130 foot tower was added to give more solemnity to the building and ten years later, the top part of the tower and a bell were added


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The Charles Peguy Center - billed as a "must see attraction" - appears to be a "small jobs placement agency" and turned out not to be one of my personal favorites


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If not much else is going for it, Orleans sure has some cool looking street cars


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Joan of Arc's military career lasted less than a year and, for a fraction of that time, she had lodging in Orleans. This 1965 rebuild in Place de Gaulle, is thought to be near where those lodgings were and is believed to of similar construction. Another first for authenticity!


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This equestrian statue of, you've guessed it, Joan of Arc, dominates the Place du Matroi


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Around the plinth of the stature are bronze reliefs with artists impressions of the battle fpr Orleans


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Saint-Pierre-du-Martroi church, tucked away in a tiny street, near the Place du Matroi


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Jacques Groslot, a former city administrator, had this house built for him and his family in 1550. A prized example of regional architecture, his family lived here until the late 1700s


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The French Revolution saw the lavish building turned into the town hall and the whole was somewhat trashed. The contents now date from about 1850 and include a small museum. It is still known as the Hotel Groslot and is open to the public


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At the rear of the hotel is a small garden. In its heyday, this was a happening place. Charles IX, Henri III and Henri IV all stayed here, Francois II died here in 1560 at the age of 17 when visiting with his child bride, Mary, later to be Queen of Scots


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Must not be many deer in these parts


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The remnants of Saint Jacques Chapel which was moved into the garden from the Chatelet quarter in the 16th century to give a romantic atmosphere. Another politician diligently serving his electorate!


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Across the street from the Groslot and right next to the cathedral, is the Hotel de Ville. Pretty much a yawn, don't you think?


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In the side of the Hotel de Ville is the Office de Tourisme. Not sure what this little cutie is doing here, but I would certainly vote for her


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A view of the Cathedral Sainte Croix looking down the rue Joan d'Arc, one of the boutiquest streets in town


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Cathedral towers and facade


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A side aisle of the cathedral


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Stained glass in the apse


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Cute pulpit


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A side chapel - still an impressive space


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The north entry


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A sample of France's finest youth on a school trip


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Marian meanwhile wandered off and discovered the Jules Verne Roundabout


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But, no matter how much she stamped her little feet, the roundabout refused to budge
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