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 Responses

  1. Meena says:

    'wedding cake' like towers…. Describes it PERFECTLY 🙂

  2. eileeninmd says:

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

  3. Wow! Gorgeous building

  4. Beautiful cathedral Indrani.

  5. Sylvia K says:

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

  6. Carver says:

    That's a beautiful facade.

  7. Anu says:

    The "wedding cake" alike tower is truly beautiful!

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

  9. George says:

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

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

  11. Joyful says:

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

  12. you are right, they do look like wedding cakes.

  13. ladyfi says:

    How magnificent in every detail!

  14. Karen says:

    France, this… excellent!

  15. AmitAag says:

    Amazing clicks, Indrani:)

  16. Krishna says:

    Nice photos…


  17. magiceye says:

    Beautifully captured!

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

  19. Laloofah says:

    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.

  20. Pietro says:

    Magnificent cathedral, very nice views Indrani.

  21. ashok says:

    good snaps Ind…

  22. Valerie says:

    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!

  23. Laura says:

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

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

  25. Rajesh says:

    Very grand church.

  26. It does look like a wedding cake!

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