Chartres cathedral : the rose of the south portal

Let's see if the rose...

What if all the sunlight captured by the stained glass windows of Chartres cathedral came out at nightfall? Don't imagine it anymore! Go to the south portal to admire this phenomenon.

Come closer to discover a flower like no other.

All day long, the stained glass rose of the south portal catches the light and illuminates the interior of the cathedral. But it is in the evening that it will reveal all its brightness. Playing with the twilight, the rose is reborn and blossoms again on the facade of the cathedral. The energy of the day is diffused to better reveal the stone that surrounds it and its architectural wonders.

Fragments of light and shimmering colors are inscribed on the walls and spread, in a tribute to the master glassworkers of Notre-Dame de Chartres, who have left us the most beautiful set of stained glass windows of the 13th century.

Artistic design : Spectaculaires, Les Allumeurs d’images – Franck Marty and Benoît Quero

A little history

The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres is one of the largest in France and one of the first French sites to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. Since its first construction, 5 versions followed one another, until the cathedral we know today, which dates from the 13th century. An accidental fire in 1836 destroyed the old wooden frame. The entirely rebuilt roof in cast iron with a copper covering is now one of its particularities. Chartres Cathedral also has the richest and most complete collection of ancient stained glass windows in the world with 172 windows spread over 2600m2.

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.