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 timetable
The 21 Chartres en lumières sites are illuminated EVERY evening at dusk from April to January.
See you in April 2024 for a new season.
Dates and times
This illumination was launched to mark the Fête de la lumière on 16 September 2023.
Like all the Chartres en lumières sites, Saint-Aignan's Church is illuminated EVERY evening from dusk until 1am (11.30pm from 29 October), until 6 January 2024.