Minimes bridge

Freezing cold

The bear that escaped from the bestiary of the Saint-André collegiate church is wandering again in a Canadian forest, his natural environment, while beavers are building 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.

Fauna and flora : M2.Creative has concocted for you a magical stroll, with sound ambiences conducive to immersion. Animals escape from a medieval bestiary to find themselves on the various bridges and wash houses scattered along the Eure. The banks of the river, the bridges, the laundries and the collegiate church of Saint-André change in appearance and become the home of animals and trees from elsewhere, even from another time.

Artistic design : M2.Creative

A little history

The Bridge of the Minimes

In the Middle Ages, the district of the lower town of Chartres was in effervescence. Today, the streets bear the names of the many trades of yesteryear.

The wash houses along the Eure river are a testimony to the life of that time, when the washerwomen washed their clothes by hand.

The bridge of the Minimes bears the name of the religious order whose convent occupied this place from the 17th century until the Revolution.

Visit Chartres en lumières

Dates and times 2022 - 2023

The 21 sites in the heart of Chartres are illuminated EVERY night, at dusk. 

  • April 30, 2022: from 9:45 pm to 1 am.
  • From May 1st to July 31st: from 10pm to 1am.
  • August 1 to 31: 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • From September 1st to 30th: from 8:30 pm to 1 am.
  • From October 1, 2022 to January 14, 2023: from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

Your route

Find all the illuminated sites on the Chartres en lumières map.

Guided tours

The Chartres tourist office offers guided tours for the most curious: "Chartres en lumières" and "Légendes et illumations en bord de l'Eure".

For a more original and relaxing visit, take the Petit Chart'Train.

 

Health recommendations

Wearing a mask is recommended when physical distance cannot be maintained.

The obligation to wear a mask indoors remains in public transport, health institutions and care facilities.

Warning: wearing a mask is not enough to protect you from Covid-19. You must always perform barrier procedures and stay more than one meter away from all other people. For more information, visit the French Government website.