Media library of the Apostrophe : the tip

Travel in the media

Embark on a journey through time... media! The tip of the Apostrophe becomes the scene of a retrospective of the different inventions of man, with, in the background, the evocation of Chartres in lights.

Let yourself be told the history of the media, on a building whose architecture is sublimated by graphic universes based on lettering, musical notes, computer circuits...

With humor, Chartres en lumières is evoked in each painting: huge dinosaurs graze the treetops while Chartres is written in letters of fire; Chartres becomes illuminated in the Middle Ages; The Age of Enlightenment becomes "Chartres des lumières"... Until the contemporary era, with the invention of television and digital.

Artistic design : Spectaculaires, allumeurs d’images – Franck Marty and Benoît Quero.

A little history

Built between 1923 and 1927 by the Chartres architect Raoul Brandon, rehabilitated in 2007 by Paul Chemetov, the media library "l'Apostrophe" is located in the former post office of Chartres. The building, in neo-Gothic style, has a belfry with a corbelled clock and an imposing rotunda. Its flamboyant Gothic style recalls the north bell tower of Chartres Cathedral.

A series of mosaics on the facade evokes the story of a poem to communication glorified by Peace. The building was registered in the supplementary inventory of historical monuments on August 19, 1994. An olive branch and the "pax" inscribed above the entrance of the building, dominated by the mask of Hermes (messenger of the gods) invite to meditate on peace.

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.