Saint-Aignan's Church

New in 2023 : Contemplation

Contemplation offers a unique immersive artistic experience in the intimate setting of Place Saint-Aignan.

Assuming its role as Chartres' oldest parish, Saint-Aignan's Church is adorned with the finest works of sacred art, from primitive mosaics to medieval goldsmithery, from stained glass to painted decorations. While offering a fascinating perspective on Saint-Aignan, Contemplation explores the great architectural and aesthetic movements inscribed in the memory of the place.

Artistic design : M2.Creative

A little history

Considered the town's oldest parish church, it is said to have been founded around 400 by Saint-Aignan, Bishop of Chartres, who, according to tradition, was buried here. During the feudal period, Saint-Aignan was the parish church of the Counts of Chartres, close to the castle that dominated the area of today's covered market. Following a fire that ravaged the area in the early 16th century, the church was completely rebuilt. All that remains is a 14th-century portal set into the center of the façade. Sold in 1793 for demolition, it was saved by its purchasers, but used as a prison and fodder store or depot. Worship was not restored until 1823. Of the eleven parishes that existed in Chartres before the Revolution, this is the only one to have been re-established.

The Fête de la lumière

The illumination of the church of Saint-Aignan was unveiled on the evening of the Fête de la lumière 2024.

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