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.
- April 30, 2022: from 9:45 pm to 1 am.
- From May 1st to July 31st: from 10pm to 1am.
- August 1 to 31: 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- From September 1st to 30th: from 8:30 pm to 1 am.
- From October 1, 2022 to January 14, 2023: from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
For a more original and relaxing visit, take the Petit Chart'Train.
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.