Now, I'm a fan of sunsets, especially on the beach!. But, on this trip to Picardy and especially during our time in Orleans, I noticed that the sunsets were not only beautiful with the sea as the background, but equally beautiful when setting over the cathedral. The cathedral is already majestic, but at sunset it becomes truly sublime.
The Hotel Groslot is a very upscale residence that's located right next to the cathedral of Orléans. It was built for a wealthy family in the city, the Groslots, who sold animal skins. When you look at the cathedral, the Groslot Hotel is located on the left, on a street that gives way to the front of the cathedral. Today you'll find the city council on the inside, as well as the various administrative services in the region. You can visit most parts of this building. You can see what was once the council chamber, and the city's arms, as well as some statues of historical figures who have lived in the house and contributed to writing the city's history. Admission is free, but the times you can go are kind of limited. They'll tell you the hours in the tourist office. The city bought the place in the eighteenth century. François II was installed there at the end of his life with his court, and he died with his wife Marie Stuart at his side.
In my opinion, we are facing one of the most beautiful squares in France. It's name comes from the Latin Martyrium or Martroy Martray which means where prisoners were executed. Looking out at the buildings such as the Stock Exchange transports you right back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries even though it currently houses the Chamber of Commerce. In 1754, the Foreign Ministry was called "The Roundabout" of the late nineteenth century. However, the most striking thing about the square is the large statue of Joan of Arc. Foyatier was the sculptor and was inaugurated on May 8, 1855. Funding for this work was achieved thanks to two lotteries in 1853 and 1854. In the same square we can find many cafes and restaurants, but my advice is to visit any of the three on Sainte-Catherine Street which you can reach by coming out of one corner of the square. There you can get a good salad or amazing pate foi gras and of course some delicious mussels that for me were of the best I've ever tasted.
The Europe Bridge is an arch bridge that crosses the Loire river in Orleans between Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle and Saint-Saint-Mesmin Pryvé. It is the fifth bridge over the Loire in Orleans. The other four are (top to bottom): René Thinat Bridge, the George V Bridge, Mariscal Joffre Bridge and the A71 bridge. The purity of the metal that arches over the edge of the roof, the elegance of the suspension cables, the original design of the supporting deck of the Loire and the important role played by torsion in the structure are the main elements that make this bridge notable.
In 2006, I had wanted to visit the interior of the Cathedral de Orleans during our stop for the night in the city during our journey to Cabo Norte. The second time we were heading to the area of Picardy, so we had a few more hours than before. Once inside the cathedral, the first thing we noticed, apart from its extraordinary Gothic and majestic organ, was that it was adorned with banners of the region's noble families giving it a colourful touch, different from the sombre interiors of other cathedrals.
The house of Joan of Arc is in Orléans, about an hour south of Paris by train. Trains run very often because there are people working in Paris. Trains leave Austerlitz and cost about 8 euros for young people. The house of Joan of Arc is near the cathedral. It was not her primary residence, but a house where she lived briefly that has been converted into a museum with artifacts and historic details about her life. The building belonged to the Count of Orléans, which housed Joan of Arc when she fought to liberate the city. After seven months of assault, the city was liberated, and then the building housed many famous people such as the King of France, Charles VII. It was burned during a fire in WW2. The building we see and visit now is a reproduction of the original, with very small parts which are from the thirteenth century. It was rebuilt in the 60s. It is a small museum, with objects from the Middle Ages, and exhibitions on the historical sites of the region, and where Joan of Arc lived.
Joan of Arc is known as the Maid of Orleans, and New Orleans also has a tribute to the French national heroine with a shimmering statue waving the flag, and arms of the Kingdom of France, Orleans, Reims and Rouen. Behind her are guns ready to repel the invaders in a little corner of America where the French flag flies.
The museum was founded during the French Revolution and, since 1984, has been found in a building near the Cathedral. I covers the 16th century up to the present, and is home to paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and represents one of the finest art collections in Europe. It is one of the greatest museums in France.