Wash house of the Grenouillère

The perch

Continue your walk in the heart of the South American jungle. The Grenouillère washhouse becomes a perch for a multitude of colourful birds. You will recognise 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).

Dates and times

The 21 sites of Chartres en lumières are illuminated EVERY, night from dusk to 11.30pm, until 6th January 2024.

The lighting of the illuminations varies according to the time of nightfall.

  • November: around 6.15 pm / 6 pm
  • December: 5.45pm
  • January : 5.45pm