Saint-Pierre's Church

Day and night

Follow the path of the sun and the moon on the facades of the Saint-Pierre church and let the light reveal the details of its gothic architecture. Go to the lower town and watch a new day dawn over the Saint-Pierre church.

From the depths of night to the first light of dawn, from the zenithal sun to the twilight, the whole palette of colors of the sun's activity is displayed on the facades of the church of Saint Peter.

The animation underlines with precision the details of the architecture with the will to make it a luminous reliquary, made of light, shadows, colored nuances.

A show amplified by the lighting of the stained glass windows from inside this masterpiece of Gothic art.

Artistic conception : BK Digital Art Company

A little history

This abbey was built in the 7th century by Queen Bathilde, wife of Clovis II. The nave and the upper parts of the choir were then built in the 13th century. The Saint-Pierre church was classified as a historical monument in 1840 with a particularity: you have to go down some steps to enter the nave.

And take the opportunity to admire the exceptional stained glass windows from the 13th and 14th centuries, which still illuminate this remarkable monument.

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.