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Chartres en Lumières Summer 2018

A spectacular display of art and history

Beginning in 2003, every year from April to September, more than 20 monuments and major attractions in Chartres are illuminated with stellar light designs. The luminous artwork displayed during this event is designed by artist Xavier de Richemont. Some of the historic sites include: the Towers of Chartres Cathedral (a designated world heritage site by UNESCO), the old Episcopal Palace, the Chartres theater, the multimedia library, bridges, churches, and much more. Experience these historic sites from a new, unique perspective with this light show. It's an experience that you will not want to miss out on!


  • April to October every day from 10pm until 1am
  • Festival of Light, September 16th

For more information:

Chartres en lumières site (External link)


Chartres Tourist Office guided train tours and guided walking tours

8 Rue de la Poissonnerie, 28000 Chartres, France

Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26

Hours: 10am-6pm