Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Basilica Notre-Dame de Cléry-Saint-André

Photos just can't do justice to the grandeur of the Basilica Notre-Dame de Cléry-Saint-André near Orléans. It's the burial site for the remains of King Louis XI, "The Prudent," who served as king of France from 1461 to 1483.

The Gothic basilica dates from the 14th century and among those said to have visited include Joan of Arc and numerous kings such as François the 1st and Louis the 14th, "The Sun King."

The church was destroyed in 1428 by English troops; only its square steeple remains. It was reconstructed from 1449 to 1485; in 1483, the Saint Jean chapel was constructed. Two chapels were added in the XVI century.

The basilica was classified as an historical monument in 1840.

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