Place Billard

In the heart of Chartres

During Chartres en lumières, the Place Billard dresses up in lights every evening.

During Chartres en lumières, the Place Billard dresses up in lights every evening.

The covered market, an essential place in the city center, is highlighted by dynamic lighting.

In its heart, an original illustration representing the city of Chartres is projected on the ground. You will find the emblematic places of Chartres, symbols of the historical and cultural heritage of the city.

Artistic conception :  MO-CA illustration

A little history

Completely disappeared in the 19th century, the castle of the Counts of Chartres once stood on this square, in the heart of a district that was political, administrative and commercial. During the revolution, it served as a prison for the famous brigands of the Orgères gang.

In 1800, only the ruins of the castle remained and were destined to be demolished. This space became the place of the vegetable market and the market hall was built in 1899. The square takes its name from a dynasty of Chartres mayors.

Billard  Place has a "Baltard" type architecture from the beginning of the 20th century and houses the covered market. Today, this square is a place to meet, relax and stroll, hosting the city's market every Wednesday and Saturday morning.

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.