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With its dazzling domes, impressive monuments and soaring sacred structures, Orleans is one of the Loire Valley’s most alluring attractions. Due to a turbulent and violent history, many of the city’s most ancient structures have been destroyed; however, echoes of the city’s prosperous past are still very much palpable amongst the remarkable renaissance structures and opulent hotels.
The fabulously filigreed façade of the Orleans Cathedral boasts a design similar to that of Notre Dame in Paris. Richly embellished portals point downwards to elegant arches and a dizzying entrance portal that implores observers to visit to sacred and stunning depths of this incredible structure.
Housed in the dramatically decadent walls of the Groslot Mansion is one of Orleans’s most venerated cultural contributions. The Musee de Beaux Arts houses a classic collection of paintings from artistic pioneers that span centuries.
Ensure you observe one of the city’s most iconic cultural monuments at the House of Joan of Arc, a house in which this courageous character is immortalized in a collection of related memorabilia.
The fabulous French food served at La Parenthese Restaurant is only heightened by the rich historical atmosphere of its 15th century home. The terracotta timbered façade indicates the rustic décor within, the atmosphere of which proves perfect for the generous and gorgeous gastronomy that diners will inevitably enjoy within.(26 pl. du Châtelet, 45000 Orléans, France)