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Chartres in Lights

chartres lightsChartres (28 Eure-et-Loir, Centre-Val-de-Loire) is rightly renowned for its spectacular Gothic Cathedral which can be visible for many miles over the north/central region of France. The Cathedral has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Every summer the town floodlights the Cathedral and other impressive buildings in the town (Chartres en Lumière) providing a wonderful and free entertainment for visitors and locals – at nightfall nightly from 27 April -12 October 2019. There is a grand finale at the end of the season (21 September 2019) with the Festival of Lights (Fête de la Lumière):-

This magical event comes to a close with the Festival of Light, the highlight of the season : more colored lights in additional locations, concerts, street shows and exhibitions.

The work on illuminations and sounds installed in the city of Chartres is meant to reflect the city’s contemporary, attractive cultural identity.

The area of the project is vast; the work is enhanced by the very surroundings provided by the historic city for the illumination systems and by the opportunity it gives to an artist for creating an overarching work comprising separate elements, applying a coherent concept of an original work on a city-wide scale.

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Hotellerie Saint Yves Hotel, Chartres

Good choice of holiday accommodation in Chartres, including B&Bs, self-catering and hotels such as the Hotellerie Saint Yves, a hotel in a 17th Century former monastery just 50metres from the Cathedral.


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