Collegiate church of Saint-André

From herbariums to bestiaries

The pages of a bestiary follow one after the other, scrolling faster and faster, the drawn animals fly away in an impressive whirlwind that makes you think of a trip in time and space...

Naturalism and fantasy mix 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 gets out of hand 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 are then mixed to form a single waterway along which you are invited to travel.

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

Built at the beginning of the 12th century, it was enlarged in the 13th century. It was at this time that an arch of 14 meters spanning the Eure was built to support the choir of the church in flamboyant Gothic style.

Since its renovation in 2000, the collegiate church of Saint-André has hosted various events, including exhibitions of contemporary art as part of the "Chemin des Arts".

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