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).

Dates and times

The 20 sites of Chartres en lumières are illuminated EVERY night from dusk to 1am (11.30pm from 29 October), from 15 April 2023 to 6 January 2024.

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

  • September: around 9.15pm / 9pm
  • October: around 9pm
  • 29 and 30 October: around 6.15pm / 6pm
  • November: around 6.15 pm / 6 pm
  • December: around 5.45pm
  • January : around 5.45pm