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Gateway to the Loire Valley

Recognised over the world over thanks to its town heroine Joan of Arc, Orléans, Central France’s Capital, near by the Sologne, and is the gateway to the Loire Valley.

Orléans is imprinted with the legacy of Joan of Arc: The stained glass windows of the Sainte-Croix Cathedral tell her story. - Her reconstructed house has been made into a museum. - Her statue stands in the Place du Martroi.

Orléans, formerly a river port, has been a vinegar producing city for many years :
The manufacture of traditional Orléanais vinegar remains big business. - The museum of History and Archaelogy tells the maritime story of the Loire.

Contempory and Historical side by side: Opposite the Pont de l’Europe designed by the Spanish architect Calatrava, stands the rehabilitated old town centre home to the old Carpentry workshop and hanging gardens, the picturesque rue de Bourgogne, and "Halles Châtelet"…

The Floral Park at La Source is enchanting and incites curiosity in visitors: Rare scents and floral collections. - National collection of over 900 Iris breeds. - Exotic Butterfl y House.

Joan of Arc festivals including renactements, a sound and light show on the Cathedral walls and firework displays on the banks of the Loire (May).

(May and June): One of the largest International architectural events.
Orléans’Jazz Festival at Campo Santo and in the gardens at l’Evêché.

Loire River Festival
- Debuted in September 2003 and is now booked to take place in 2005 due to its success.

Office de Tourisme d’Orléans

2, place de l’Etape
45000 Orléans

Tel : +33
Fax : +33

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Contact : Christine Deiss