The crowning glory of the Cathédrale Sainte-Croix in Orléans, of which reconstruction began in the 17th century, are its elegant twin ornamental towers, rich in openwork. The upper level columns give the cathedral its uplifting charm, especially on a bright blue summer day. The original Gothic cathedral had been heavily damaged by Huguenots in the 16th century and was rebuilt in the Gothic and Neo-Gothic styles rather than refashioning it to reflect the more modern architectural trend of the day. These three-story towers were completed in the 19th century but damaged during WWII and restored.
ajouré: openworked (adjective)
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