A little history of place du Martroi in Orléans

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The square - ©Daniel Jolivet / CC-BY The square - ©Daniel Jolivet / CC-BY
Place du Martroi in Orléans Street District

Here we are in the city's heart, place du Martroi, with its big, white buildings (18th century)... Hey, even Joan of Arc is here! This square used to house the wheat market (in 1516 and after the Renaissance) and public executions. The current square was landscaped in 1754, with the building of the Chancellerie. Joan of Arc's statue was raised in 1855: the original effigy was destroyed during the French Revolution...

Oh, I forgot something! You maybe wonder where does this name martroi come from? Well, it comes from Latin word martyretum, which means "martyrs' place"... a necropolis!