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 lEurope 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).
Archilab (May and June): One of the largest International architectural events.
OrléansJazz Festival at Campo Santo and in the gardens at lEvêché.
Loire River Festival - Debuted in September 2003 and is now booked to take place
in 2005 due to its success.