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

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.

Dates and times

The 21 sites of Chartres en lumières are illuminated EVERY, night from dusk to 1am (11.30pm from the 27 October), until 5th January 2025.

The lighting of the illuminations varies according to the time of nightfall.

  • April: around 9.30 pm / 9.45 pm
  • May: around 10 pm / 10.15 pm
  • June: around 10.30 pm / 10.45 pm
  • July : around 10.45 pm / 10.30 pm
  • August : around 10.15pm / 9.45pm
  • September: around 9.30pm / 9.15pm
  • October: around 9pm / 6.30 from 27 October
  • November: around 6.15pm / 6pm
  • December: 5.45pm
  • January : 5.45pm