Gloriette quay and wash house


The Gloriette quay and washhouse are home to a fairy tale world populated by magical creatures from encyclopedias and books of hours: an Art Nouveau-inspired weave of plants shelters colorful animal, plant and hybrid chimeras.

In the lower town, the magic takes possession of the place at nightfall. On the banks of the Eure, meet at Quai Gloriette, where you will encounter animals from elsewhere, even from another time.

Artistic design : Luminariste

A little history

Located opposite the rue de la tannerie, near the corroierie, the Gloriette wash house was in the leather district where tanners and leather workers worked. Many craftsmen lived in this district on the waterfront, protected by a rampart built in 1185. Downstream was the "massacre", an old slaughterhouse near which stood one of the 7 city gates. Continuing upstream, other trades were spread out along the river: wool and leather workers (tanners, curriers, shippers, etc.) and cloth workers (whippers, dyers).

Visit Chartres en lumières

Dates and times 2022 - 2023

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

  • From September 2 to 8 : from 9 :15 pm to 1 am.
  • From September 9  to October 30 : from 9 pm to 1 am.
  • From Octobre 31 to Novembre 12 : from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
  • From November 13 to 30 : from 6:15 pm to 10:30 pm.
  • From December 1 to January 14 : from 6 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.