Historical Orleans, a revisit!

A while back I wrote in my blog about this wonderful town of Orleans. It is often overlook but it is enclosed of great history of France. The coming of a new colleague to my company, native of this city made me bring back this post. A bit of introduction in my black and white series.

Easiest way to get here is on the A10 from Paris direction Bordeaux or the train with two stations ,the gare d’Orléans, right in city center and very nice and the one on the nearby northern town of Fleury-les-Aubrais, both link by bus navette and a tramway.



Public transport in the area of Orleans metropôle and connection between the train stations is here: http://www.reseau-tao.fr/me-deplacer/itineraires/trouver-mon-trajet/

Orleans has been designated as the Capital of the new region of Centre-Val-de-Loire been only about 120 km from Paris. The city is nice ,really, if overlook by many visitors, very good ambiance. The city center around the place du Martroi, is wonderful central square where all goes on; the Loire river passes right in the center, the quais or wharfs along the river are full of walkers and meeting place to go into exploring the city   ; also the site of the great Festival de Loire, the biggest gathering in Europe on the river cruising. Of course, it is also a city of art and history of France or  Ville d’Art et d’Histoire; it is a stage for the bicycle riders in the circuit Loire à vélo, and at the gate to the castles of the valley of the Loire. The story of  Jeanne d’Arc was what brought me first to this city and it is wonderful for the history lover like me.  The city has nice Christmas market and Jazz by the Bishop event as well as the magnificent festival of Jeanne d’Arc.

The bike circuit (Loire à Vélo) not done but it has nice itineraries bypassing some of the sights in the Loire and of course in Orleans here:  https://www.loireavelo.fr/pratique/

Most of the information here is taken from the wonderful regional site of Orléans Metropôle here in English: http://www.orleans-metropole.fr/74/decouvrir-la-metropole-orleanaise.htm#googtrans(fr|en)

The dept 45 Loiret on Orléans tourist office in French: https://www.tourismeloiret.com/fr/decouvrir/les-incontournables-made-loiret/orleans-la-chatoyante

As the circuit of Joanne of Arc or Jeanne d’Arc is to follow these monuments.sites. Place du Martroi, Hôtel Groslot, fine arts museum or musée de Beaux-Arts, Cathédrale Sainte Croix, hotel Cabu or the museum of history and archeology ; Chapelle Notre Dame des Miracles in the Church St Paul; rue Jeanne d’Arc,  the ramparts of the city from the 15C , it had one there since the 4C! and was enlarged in the 14C with some walls left still . You have the white tower or Tour Blanche  and a section of the Roman curtain, more on the north the wall is seen on the court or cour de l’ancien évêché  and near the Cathedral ; there is a bridge giving to the square or  porte du Martroi that still be seen in the parking under the square. To extreme west of the square martroi you see parts of the wall as well on the streets or rue du Cloître-Saint-Paul ,and rue de la Chèvre-qui-Danse. Of course , the main thing is the Maison de Jeanne d’Arc or house of Joanne of Arc. She stayed here from April to May 1429 and now a nice museum with a multimedia presentation retracing her life. On the upper floors there is a recherché center with over 37000 documents on her. There is a webpage for it but again only in French here: http://www.jeannedarc.com.fr/maison/maison.htm

Of course, Orleans is a lot older since the times of Cenabum ! going thru all the periods of French history, too long to tell you here. Stronghold of the war of 1870 with the Prussians and during WWII the city was again ransacked and bombed until liberated on August 1944 by the troops of Gen Patton, US. On the other side of the Atlantic ocean, New Orleans is named in honor of the regent duke of Orleans for Louis XV and inhabited with about 8K French and Arcadians running away from the British in the Northeast.

Other information to tell you about this city is the nice park or Parc Pasteur by the northern corners of the city center created in 1927 over the old workers garden that were on a disinfected cemetery of Saint Vincent.  There is a monumental gate of Saint Samson from the 17C a great water basin, even if the children theater, and vapor train are no longer in action (train given by  Wichita Kansas USA in 1952) unfortunately both were closed in 2017.

Another nice park is  Parc Floral de la  Source , bigger than above with an iris garden, rose garden, rock garden,  vegetable garden, dahlia garden, Asian garden, grassland garden, tropical garden, strips of perennials, collections of pelargoniums, a display of fuchsias, animal park, exotic birds, butterfly house, animal feeding and adventure playgrounds for younger visitors..etc

Just for up to date information. Anyway, the main thing to come to this city other than walking the wharfs of the Loire river are the house and traces of Joanne of Arc ,and the Cathedral of Sainte Croix.

The religious site for the Cathedral is here in French: http://www.orleans.catholique.fr/eglise-loiret/trouver-ma-paroisse/1216-cathedrale-sainte-croix

The Cathedral  was inaugurated on 8th May 1829, 400 years after the liberation of Orléans by Jeanne d’Arc on a gothic style of 140 meters long, 53 meters façade and 114 meters on the spiral tower. More info in French is at the department 45 Loiret site of which Orleans belongs. https://www.tourismeloiret.com/fr/diffusio/visites/cathedrale-sainte-croix-orleans_TFOPCUCEN0450100249

Enjoy the historical wonderful city of Orléans , in my belle France.  And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “Historical Orleans, a revisit!”

  1. Thank you for this. Orleans is on my list!

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