Wash house of the Grenouillère

The perch

Continue your walk in the heart of the South American jungle. The Grenouillère washhouse becomes the perch of a multitude of multicolored birds. You will recognize the Ara parrots.

Fauna and flora : M2.Creative has concocted for you a magical stroll, with sound ambiences conducive to immersion. Animals escape from a medieval bestiary to find themselves on the various bridges and wash houses scattered along the Eure. The banks of the river, the bridges, the laundries and the collegiate church of Saint-André change in appearance and become the home of animals and trees from elsewhere, even from another time.

Artistic design : M2.Creative

A little history

The wash house overlooks the Grenouillère bridge, where the Saint-Père mill is located. Until the 19th century, 20 mills used the force of the river to grind wheat and crush the wood needed by the tanners.

Many craftsmen lived in this area, protected by a rampart built in 1185. Downstream, there was the "massacre", an old slaughterhouse near which stood one of the 7 city gates.

Continuing upstream, other trades were spread out along the river: wool and leather workers (tanners, curriers, shippers, etc.) and cloth workers (whippers, dyers).

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.