Chartres en lumières will return in April 2022!
And will take place until January 2023.

23 – Chartres Gallery – Former Sainte-Foy church (new in 2021)

About the scenography

Artistic design: Lumière de Verre

The Gallery of Chartres illuminated by Lumière de Verre – Chartres en lumières

New in 2021!

The illumination of the Chartres Galery is a tribute to the floral theme inspired by the decorations of the 14th century stained glass windows of the Notre-Dame de Chartres cathedral.


About the Chartres Gallery, former Sainte-Foy church

Opposite the multimedia library, the esplanade de la Résistance leads to an isolated Roman doorway. This is all that remains of a church dedicated to Sainte-Foy. The former eleventh century priory, built outside the city walls, became a parish church when it was enclosed within the city. It was acquired as a national asset during the Revolution, given to the people of Chartres as a theatre and altered for this purpose. The four spans of its nave were destroyed and the choir enclosed by a new façade. A building was constructed where the nave had been, with only the doorway being preserved. The theatre was in use until 1860. It then became a cinema, before taking on its current function as an auction room. The building was demolished in 1971 and the Sainte-Foy garden occupies the site of the vanished nave. 


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4 – The Fine Art Museum – Façade of honour

About the scenography

Artistic design: BK Digital Art Company

Scenography by BK Digital Art Company on the life of Jean-Moulin – Chartres in Lights

This scenography is based on the theme of Jean Moulin, prefect of Eure-et-Loir in Chartres and French resistance fighter. It addresses the highlights of his life through his writings and drawings (images, paintings, epistolary accounts, historical posters), which tell of his journey, his struggle and the message he left to France.


About the façade of honour of the Fine Art Museum

This building, which houses the Fine Art Museum, has known a turbulent history. The former bishop’s palace that welcomed King Henry IV for his coronation was here. There was also the castle of the bishop’s representative, built at the top end of the cathedral and demolished in the 17th century for the building of the present terraced garden and the bishop’s palace. The latter was renovated and enlarged in the 18th century. The building is classified as a historic monument and has housed the Fine Art Museum since 1939, after being used for the prefecture of the Eure-et-Loir.


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3 – The Fine Art Museum – The gardens of bishop’s palace

About the scenoraphy

Artistic design: “Luna” – Camille Gross and Olivier Magermans

Luna travels on the façade of the Gardens of the Bishop of the Museum of Fine Arts, by Camille Gross and Olivier Magermans – Chartres in Lights

This scenography is a tale relating the story of “Luna”, a little moon, and her friend “Stella”, a cute star. It will be taken you to a journey trough the history of astronomy.

“At the launch of this animated tale, the universe is created under the amazed eyes of the spectator. Then Luna and Stella, the heroines of the story, take shape. By chasing Stella, Luna will fall into a black hole. A misadventure that will transport her to a parallel world: an invitation to travel through the history of astronomy. The journey begins in ancient times. The study of the solar system begins, it is evoked by the appearance of mystical creatures, representative of the unreal interpretations of the time. A scary landscape for little Luna who prefers to run away. It then meets the Sun, symbol of the arrival of science, wisdom and knowledge. A setting that comforts her, but the journey must continue.

The study of Space is becoming more precise and inspires many pictorial works in the course of the nineteenth century crossed by Luna. We then arrive at the beginning of the 20th century in the setting of « Voyage dans la Lune » by Meliès. Dreaming of space conquest, but it's still just a fantasy. Luna then uses Meliès's cannon to be thrown into the sky. We are entering the era of modernity. The conquest of space becomes reality. With it, the imaginary world develops more and more around science-fiction. Small glimpses of the world of cinema are drawn on the walls of the Museum of Fine Arts. Can you find them? Luna's quest to find her friend Stella comes to an end. We then approach the planet Earth, illuminated by its artificial lights. Then, the two friends meet and become constellation.”


About the garden of bishop’s palace

The Fine Art Museum owes its gardens, in their present configuration, to three bishops of Chartres of the 17th and 18th centuries, who modified them, enlarged them and enhanced then at the same time as they did their palace. The demolition of old parts of the palace, of which there remain a few traces of the servants’ quarters, and of houses situated at the top end of the cathedral, enabled three levels of terraces to be created between the charming mound of Saint-Nicolas and the elegant ruins of the priory of Saint-Etienne. This was all that was lacking to endow the bishop’s palace with the majesty appropriate to a great prelate. Overlooking the Eure valley, the gardens offer one of the most beautiful views of the lower town. Their retaining wall is built on ancient fortification. The whole site has been classified as a historic monument since 1941.


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7 – The Saint-André collegiate church (new 2021)

About the scenography

Artistic design: “Faune et Flore : D’herbiers en bestiaires…” (Fauna and Flora : From herbariums to bestiaries...) – M2.Creative

The Saint-André collegiate church illuminated by M2.Creative – Chartres en lumières

New in 2021 !

Naturalism and fantasy meet in four moving pictures on the Saint-André collegiate church.

Plants and animals from medieval herbariums and bestiaries gradually come to life to recreate a typical Eurelian forest. But this magic suddenly ends up going out of control and the pages of the grimoires fly away in a whirlwind to come to life on the bridges and wash houses of the Eure.

The collegiate church, like a world map, soon joins the movement and turns on itself at full speed. Rivers, streams and seas mix together to form a single waterway along which you are invited to travel.


About the Saint-André collegiate church

In the Gallo-Roman period, an amphitheater stood at this site. There are some stones in the walls of one of the crypts. Several churches were built and destroyed between the 10th and 17th centuries. Since its renovation, the collegiate hosts various events.

Dating mainly from the 12th century, this collegiate church has been converted into an exhibition center. In the past, his choir rested on an arch spanning the Eure, prolonged by another arch crossing the street. The Saint-André collegiate church, a listed historic monument, has, as it has done every year for the last four years, a new colorful scenography made up of four successive dressings.


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8 to 16 – The bridges and wash-houses on the banks of the Eure river (news 2021)

About the scenographies

Artistic designs: “Faune et Flore” by M2.Creative – et – “MétamorFaune” by Luminariste

On the banks of the Eure river, the scenographies realized by Enluminures and Artway Chartres transport you in a lovely walk which you can realize in family or between friends.


8 – The Minimes bridge – “Faune et Flore : Froid glacial” (Freezing cold)

New in 2021 !

The bear that escaped from the bestiary of the Saint-André collegiate church wanders in its natural environment, in a Canadian forest, while beavers build a dam. Under the pressure of the water, the dam bursts and the current carries you far away to Alaska in the middle of the ice floe and penguins.


9 & 10 – The Gloriette quayside and wash-house – “MétamorFaune”

The Gloriette quayside and wash-house illuminated by Luminariste – Chartres en lumières

New in 2021 !

The Gloriette quayside and wash-house make way for a magical world populated by magical creatures taken from encyclopedias and books of hours: an Art Nouveau-inspired weave of plants shelters colorful animal, plant and hybrid chimeras.


11 – The Bouju bridge – “Faune et Flore : Le pont de singes” (The bridge of monkeys)

New in 2021 !

Several cracks have appeared on the Bouju Bridge, where dense vegetation, typical of Asian jungles, is beginning to cover the stone. Soon, monkeys climb on the lianas and make the bridge their new playground.


12 – The Foulerie wash-house – “Faune et Flore : En cascade !” (Waterfall!)

The Foulerie washhouse illuminated by M2.Creative – Chartres en lumières

New in 2021 !

From the Foulerie washhouse springs a fabulous waterfall that allows the survival of flowers and animals of very diverse origins, from the Alps to the tropical forests. Behind the falls, a cave can be glimpsed: it would shelter hundreds of bats...


13 – The Saint-Hilaire bridge et arcades – “Faune et Flore : Hippocroco”

The Saint-Hilaires bridge and arcades illuminated by M2.Creative – Chartres en lumières

New in 2021 !

From the banks of the Nile to the great lakes, the Saint-Hilaire arcades reveal sumptuous African landscapes. But be careful, don't let yourself be distracted too much because some inconvenient animals could well appear.


14 – The Saint-Hilaire bridge – “Faune et Flore : Zone humide” (Wetland)

The Saint-Hilaire bridge illuminated by M2.Creative – Chartres en lumières

New in 2021 !

Here you are in a mangrove where a surprising fauna and flora live, including the famous fiddler crabs.


15 – The Grenouillère wash-house – “Faune et Flore : Le perchoir” (The perch)

The Grenouillère washhouse illuminated by M2.Creative – Chartres en lumières

New in 2021 !

Like a gigantic perch in the heart of the South American jungle, the Grenouillère washhouse is adorned with a multitude of multicolored birds such as Ara parrots.


16 – The Saint-Père mill and bridge – “Faune et Flore : Lagunes et Amazone” (Lagoons and Amazon river)

The Saint-Père mill and bridge illuminated by M2.Creative – Chartres en lumières

New in 2021 !

Flamingos flying away, endless rivers in the middle of immense forests, heavenly lagoons, skies adorned with a thousand colors ... The dream is not far away.


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