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OFFICE DE TOURISME DE CHARTRES CHARTRES TOURIST OFFICE Maison du Saumon 8, rue de la Poissonnerie - CS 10289 28008 Chartres Cedex - France Contact: Amélie PESCHARD Tel.: +33 (0)2 37 18 50 35 • Fax: +33 (0)2 37 21 51 91 E-Mail:

Welcome to Chartres Capital of Light and Perfume

At the crossroads between Brittany, Normandy and the Loire Valley, the two steeples of the Chartres Cathedral of our Lady rise majestically from the Beauce Plain like a mirage.


The cathedral is an unrivalled medieval splendour, catching the attention of the beholder. Beneath its flying buttresses beats the pulse of the old town. Winding streets with fascinating names, lined with old houses, steps that lead you down to the lower town which is reflected in the waters of the Eure River‌ here you can lose yourself and yet find your way. The hustle of market stalls, the charm of a humpback bridge straddling the river, elegant facades, the colorful stained-glass windows of an old church, the wealth of the museums with their countless treasures, the magic of the Festival of Light which lights up the town, the passion of craftsmanship, the abundance of fragrance during the Perfume Festival, the coolness of a terrace next to a watermill‌ here, all of your senses are aroused!

Welcome to Chartres!



Identity Chartres, Capital of Light Chartres, Capital of Perfume History Chartres Cathedral Chartres: a rich heritage Chartres: Experience the City Chartres: Curiosity

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« ART DE VIVRE », EXPERIENCE THE FRENCH WAY OF LIFE! Gastronomy (local delicacies) Chartres: arts and craftsmen workshops

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ECONOMY The Cosmetic Valley Chartres: industry, shopping and agriculture

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION Events 2013 Accommodation and access Press contacts and additional information


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Identity POPULATION 

40 000 inhabitants (Chartrains, Chartraines). 60 % of the population are under 40’s; the same percentage applies to the working population.


Mayor : Jean-Pierre GORGES.


The urban area “Chartres Métropole” counts 47 urban districts with a population of 123 478 inhabitants.

Media library

TWIN TOWNS AND FRIENDSHIP PACTS Chartres is twinned with: 

Ravenna (Italy) since 1957


Speyer (Germany) since 1959   



Chichester (Great Britain) since 1959 Bethleem (Palestine) since 1994 Evora (Portugal) since 2004 León (Spain) since 2009

Chartres has signed friendship pacts with:  

Sakuraï (Japan) in 1989 Cuzco (Peru) in 2002

Chartres has befriended with: 

Luján (Argentina)

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DID YOU KNOW? Around 1 300 000 tourists from all over the world, among them 300 000 pilgrims, visit Chartres each year. 2

Chartres: Capital of Light Only one hour away from Paris, Chartres enjoys international renown thanks to its cathedral, which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Discover the sparkle of its unique ensemble of stained glass windows, and the illuminated exceptional heritage during the event: Chartres en Lumières (Lights of Chartres).

CHARTRES EN LUMIERES (LIGHTS OF CHARTRES) Since 2003, the city of Chartres, member of the international network of cities lights “LUCI” (Lighting Urban Community International), has become aware of the need to develop events around the Light which could gather locals and invite tourists to an unusual discovery of its entire heritage. "Lights of Chartres" has become one of the major events in the city, through its spectacular night tour, and reveals 29 monuments and major attractions highlighted and put in music, among them the Cathedral, the Fine Arts Museum, the historical districts, the banks of the Eure, the media Library, the Theater... ©Scenography: Spectaculaires - les Allumeurs d’Images

In 2013 : a new scenography for the Royal Portal of the Cathedral by “Spectaculaires-les Allumeurs d’images.”


Save the dates! 

From April 13th to September 21th – 10th Anniversary of the event this year.

 September 21th : This magical event comes to a close with the Festival of Lights, the highlight of the season: new scenographies of the North and South Portals, more colored lights in additional locations, concerts, street shows and exhibitions.

For more information: Lights of Chartres official site:


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© « Conception: Xavier de Richemont, Paris,- Photographer: François Delauney »

Every year, 380 projectors and videoprojectors, distributed on different sites and 30 computers, dedicated to the control of the projectors, are used. Dazzling!


Chartres: Capital of Perfume In the heart of the Cosmetic Valley, Chartres is home to world’s leading perfume and cosmetic manufacturers. For several years now, the city is also famous for its Perfume festival "Chartres en Parfums." The city is now in its magic scents and precious fragrances with "The Spirit of Perfume", a new space dedicated to workshops, and lectures about the perfume and "Autrica" the fragrance by Chartres.

« CHARTRES EN PARFUMS » PERFUME FESTIVAL The heart of Chartres beats for perfume and cosmetics! Each year, during Mother's Day, talents, treasures and prospects of perfume and cosmetics industry are featured. Chartres Métropole, deeply involved in supporting the development of the sector, offers a week of discovery, with the Cosmetic Valley, Chartres Tourist Office and the City of Chartres. « Chartres en Parfums » is truly the event which promotes meetings between companies, the education stakeholders in this area, students and future employees in the sector, players in local employment, and also men and women, those customers who make this sector one of the jewels of the French success. 2013 Dates: From 27th to 31st May. The festival of Perfume and Garden will launch the perfume week « Chartres en Parfums » : numerous events will be proposed on the boulevards on 25th and 26th May.


SPIRIT OF PERFUME: A PLACE DEDICATED TO PERFUME Close to the Cathedral, in a old « canon house » of the 13th century, discover the world of fragrance and an exhibition of perfume bottles from the period « between the 2 World Wars". Those bottles are from a private collection of Jean and Anne SERIS from the city of La Rochelle. Thematic events, workshops and lectures are available for individuals and groups with a multi-sensory and interactive way to discover or rediscover the smell of raw materials involved in the manufacture of perfume and know the history of perfume.


Chartres: Capital of Perfume AUTRICA, THE FRAGRANCE BY CHARTRES Developed by « Créassence » and conditioned by « Cegedis », both members of the Cosmetic Valley, the fragrance by Chartres is revealed under the name of Autrica. Launched in June 1st 2012, this bottle design recalling the famous stained-glass windows of the cathedral and the inevitable blue of Chartres. It’s a promotional object which reflects all the dynamism and lifestyle of the destination. Autrica - bottle of 50ml, water perfume for women. On sale at the Tourist Office of Chartres at the price of €42.


Some of Chartres Tourist Office partners also commercialize Autrica in their shops, don’t hesitate to ask us the full list of our retailers.

DID YOU KNOW? The fragrance by Chartres. Why Autrica? 2000 years ago, the bright city of Chartres was born on the banks of the river Eure, called Autura, and, took the name of Autricum. 5

History of Chartres ANTIQUITY AND HIGH MIDDLE AGES During the period of the Gallic independence, a market/small town was founded on the Autura (today’s Eure River): Aurikon, meaning « Port on the Eure ». The town would become a capital for the Carnutes, from whom Chartres derives its name. Under the Roman rule, Autricum became an important city and was the siege of a diocese at the end of the 4th century.

Sacked by the Normans, the town and the cathedral were given new life by the donation of « Mary’s Veil », a holy relic, by Charles the Bald in 876. In 911, the Vicking chief Rollon besieged Chartres. The Holy Relic was placed upon the ramparts. The Vikings failed (in their siege) and beat a retreat. Shortly after, Rollon converted to Christianity. In Saint-Clair-sur-Epte, he signed a treaty with Charles III, king of France, granting him the entire crown territory of Normandy.

MIDDLE AGES The Earldom of Chartres (also known as the Earldom of Chartres and Blois) reached its peak in the 10th century. Its most famous character undoubtedly remains Count Thibault "The Cheat" (950 to 978). Around 1000 A.D., during the time of Bishop Fulbert, Chartres became an intellectual and spiritual center whose reputation would spread throughout Europe, reaching its height in the 12th century. Several times devastated by fire, the Cathedral was rebuilt starting from 1194 on the old crypt constructed by Fulbert. In 1328, the Country of Chartres, which had been ruled for a long time over by the powerful Counts of Blois and Champagne, was brought within the royal dominion.


After the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453), Chartres suffered from numerous tragedies, including the Black Death in 1348.

Street « des Ecuyers »

As a result, the town got consideraly smaller and the disticts lying outside the town walls were abandoned. The war came to a provisional end with the Treaty of Brétigny (7 km from Chartres) signed on 8th May 1360 by the kings of England and France (Edward III et King John II "The Good").

FROM THE FRENCH WARS OF RELIGION UNTIL THE 17TH CENTURY The wars of religion and everything that it involves stopped the city evolution. The town was besieged several times during this period (1568-1590). Following the Day of the Barricades (14 May 1588) when the Duke of Guise proclaimed himself King of Paris, Henry III found refuge in Chartres. On 27th February 1594, Henry IV was crowned King of France at Chartres: he was one of the few French kings not to be crowned in Reims. In the literary domain, three Chartres natives gained renown in the 16th and 17th centuries: the poets Philippe Desportes and Mathurin Régnier and the moralist Pierre Nicole.


The coronation of Henry IV

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION The French Revolution would distinguish other Chartres natives: Brissot, leader of Gironde, Pétion, mayor of Paris, Chauveau-Lagarde, lawyer for Marie-Antoinette and Charlotte Corday, and, above all, General Marceau (general at the age of 24, killed at Altenkirchen in 1796 at the age of 27). In addition, it was in Chartres that Siéyès, at that time vicar general, wrote his famous pamphlet "What is the Third Estate?". On 19th May 1794, the cathedral was consecrated to the "cult of the supreme being". It was saved by Louis Sergent-Marceau, General Marceau's brother-in-law ("May it be forever protected from axe and hammer. It - this monument - will forever be for Chartres a treasure, because it will offer to art lovers, to foreigners, an object of wonder and admiration"). General Marceau - « place des Epars »



On 17th June 1940, the prefect Jean Moulin courageously opposed the occupying army's demands, thus becoming France's first resistance fighter. He would later become the head of the National Jean Moulin Council of the Resistance. In 1944, before being liberated by the 20th U.S. Army Corps and local patriots, the city came under numerous attacks that destroyed Guillaume Gate and the municipal library, one of the finest in France. In 1942, the writer Maurice Clavel joined the Resistance, where he met Silvia Monfort. In 1944, he became head of the Eure-etLoir's French Forces of the Interior ("Sinclair") and took part in the liberation of Chartres.


Hélène Boucher

In 1836, an accidental fire destroyed the ancient roof structure. It was eventually recovered in copper. The development of the city's large thoroughfares would continue into the 19th century and transform the economy. The railway station was inaugurated in 1849 and in 1937 the Paris-Chartres electrical railway was opened. In 1909, Chartres was one of the first French towns to construct an aerodrome, then a flight school that would train more than 3,000 pilots during the FirstWorld War

NOWADAYS… DID YOU KNOW? In 1979, the cathedral was registered on the 1 World Heritage List by UNESCO. Chartres' economy is in full expansion. Located in the heart of Cosmetic Valley, the city is today the Capital of Light and Perfume.


Capa, the famous American war photographer, arrived in Photo: Robert Capa Chartres for the city's liberation, and on 18th August 1944 he took this photo, which would make its way around the world. 7

Chartres Cathedral Masterpiece of gothic art, the Cathedral boasts 9 sculpted gates (4,000 statues), and 2,600sq.m of stained glass windows (5,000 figures) dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. Registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located on a rocky outcrop, at the peak of the city (170 m high), the Chartres Cathedral can be seen at more than 20 km around.

THE FIRST CATHEDRALS While the first cathedral seems to have been built in the 4th century, the oldest relics date back to the 9th century with the crypt of Saint-Lubin. Several buildings were then rebuilt on this same site. In 876, the King of France, Charles the Bald, offered to the town of Chartres a holy relic: a piece of clothing worn by the Virgin Mary originally referred to as the "Holy Shirt" and today called "The Virgin's Veil". According to the legend, this veil was worn by Mary when she gave birth to Jesus. This Manuscript André de Mici relic's veneration contributed to the further expansion / influence of the Chartres sanctuary, as well as to the city's economic development.


After a fire in the 11th century, Bishop Fulbert had a new cathedral built of exceptional size for the time. Today, all what remains of this cathedral is the crypt, the third largest in Europe after Saint Peter's in Rome and Canterbury. In 1134, most of the city was devastated by a fire, however the cathedral was saved. Afterwards, a new façade was built by extending the nave. The base of the northern tower started to be built during this period. Then, around 1145, the constructions began on both the Royal Gate, in the centre of the façade, and the southern bell tower, today known as the "Old Tower". The façade was completed between 1150 and 1155, the Old Tower around 1170. Chevet of the Cathedral

DID YOU KNOW? The main dimensions of the Cathedral Total length of the nave: 32,80 m Total length: 130,20 m Height of the South Tower (Old Bell): 103 m Height of the North Tower (New Bell): 112 m Transept length: 64 m Nave’s length, taken axis by axis in pile: 16,40 m Total length of the nave: 32,80 m Width of the transept: 13,99 m Height of the big western window: 10,94 m Diameter of the western rose: 12,18 m


THE GOTHIC CATHEDRAL In 1194, following a fire that destroyed the cathedral (except the facade and the crypt), a great surge of faith allowed a quick reconstruction, in less than a quarter century. The names of the successive architects who worked on the project are not known, but the final result shows remarkable coherency. Indeed, the whole building was built between 1194 and 1221. The Cathedral was dedicated in 1260. It represents the first example of the High Gothic architectural style. The Reims, Amiens, Beauvais… cathedrals would borrow the same structure, but would be lightened in style and built even higher. The original iconographic work designed by theologians in the 12th and 13th centuries has been preserved.


The cathedral’s main façade (in the west) has conserved the original 12th century Royal Gateway and its large picture windows, as well as the south tower (on the right, 103 m) and the lower sections of the north tower. The rose window dates back to the 13th century, whereas the flamboyant style spire of the new tower (on the left, 112 m) was built in the 15th century. These two high towers – including one which can be visited from the interior – catch your eye from the plain below and still guide the pilgrims.




The nine sculpted Cathedral’s gateways – Cathedral’s three gateways on each side: the Royal Gateway on the west side (1145 - 1170), the ‘Alliance’ gateway to the north (1220 - 1230) and the ‘Church’ gateway to the south (1220 1230) – enable the visitor to appreciate the precision and finesse of the work of the Chartres’ sculptors, raising the level of perfection of the slightest detail to new heights. The represented scenes transcribe the Christian thinking of the time. They show the "catechism in images". There are more than 4,000 sculpted figures. At the Royal Gateway you will observe the delicacy of the Virgin with Infant (right-hand picture window) and the pure lines of the Christ in Majesty (central picture window). On the left-hand picture window “the works of the seasons” illustrate the daily life in the 12th century.




Chartres Cathedral possesses a magnificent example of a church labyrinth.

The sparkling stained-glass windows, 172 in total and covering 2,600 sq.m, with about 5,000 represented characters, are exceptionally expressive.

Labyrinth of the Cathedral It is on the floor of the nave and dates back to around 1200. At certain times during the year, you can still see it as it was in the 13th century; it has never been the object of restoration work. The labyrinth is circular and made up of flagstones from Berchères and bands of black marble.

The 261.5 m long pilgrimage path was walked by pilgrims of the Middle Age in prayer, thereby representing a symbolic pilgrimage to Jerusalem.


They represent the richest collection in Europe both in terms of their age and their beauty. Stained glass masters applied all « Vitrail de Joseph » - 13 century their talents to these windows in the 12th and 13th centuries. The oldest stained-glass windows, famous for their special blue, date back to the 12th century. They are like a picture book, illustrating the Bible and the life of the Saints. The mark of their donators appears on them: coats of arms for the important families or scenes describing specific trades for corporations. th

PILGRIMAGES Each year, the cathedral welcomes about 1,300,000 visitors from around the world. For 300,000 among them, the visit is an act of faith in this sanctuary where Our Lady of Chartres has been venerated for almost two millenniums. Throughout the year, pilgrims from France as well as foreign (including Japanese) dioceses and parishes visit the cathedral. These pilgrimages are sometimes quite colorful, such as the annual mass in Tamil for 5,000 Paris-region residents of Sri Lankan origin. Chartres is especially popular among student pilgrims. In the spring, thousands of believers and non-believers follow in Charles Péguy’s footsteps, their search culminating, after many miles of walking, in a visit to the Marian sanctuary. The pilgrimage to Our Lady of Christianity the Whit Monday also attracts a large crowd.



Besides being a place of prayer, the cathedral is also a privileged place for music, especially organ music. For more than twenty years, the International Organ Festival welcomes the greatest musicians every Sunday in summer. In addition, the "Grand Prix de Chartres", held every even-numbered year, attracts international virtuosos in search of recognition during the final public rounds in September. From spring until autumn, instrumental and vocal ensembles hold regular performances. Nave and transept of the Cathedral Every Thursday in July and August, an organ recital is organized as part of the Chartres Cathedral is one of the buildings affiliated to the Centre for National Monuments Chartres' “Summer Evenings”, always a popular attraction for tourists. From 1st June to 31st August, the “Soirées Autrement” propose, every week, three events in the cathedral: “Bible en continu” (bible reading) on Tuesdays, “Vitraux grand format” (stained glass projection) on Fridays, and “Moment musical” (concert) on Sundays.


Notre-Dame de la Belle Verrière - 12th century

Information: Rectorat de la Cathédrale DID YOU KNOW?

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The blue of the stained-glass window “Notre-Dame-de-la-Belle-Verrière” attracts visitors from all around the world.   This radiant blue was obtained by coloring the pâte-de-verre with cobalt oxide. Later, other, less expensive pigments would replace this 12th-century blue, known as “Chartres blue”.



Chartres : a rich heritage The First-time that tourists came in Chartres, they naturally visit the cathedral. They're surprised to learn that near this must-see site exists an incredibly rich heritage, holding fascinating discoveries, especially in the older districts.

THE AMAZING CHURCHES Notre-Dame Cathedral: a masterpiece of the 12th and 13th centuries, with 4,000 statues and 5,000 figures in its 2,600 sq. m. of stained glass windows. Registered on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Saint-Peter Church: former abbey church of Saint-Père-en-Vallée, dating from the 10th, 12th and 13th centuries and boasting numerous 14th century stained-glass windows. Saint-Aignan Church: 16th and 17th century stained-glass windows. Rechèvres' Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church: Abbot Stock, a German priest, is buried here. Prison chaplain for Paris between 1940 and 1944, he lent moral support to French prisoners. Interned in the German prisoner-of-war camp near Chartres in 1945, he founded the "Barbed Wire Seminary" which regrouped future German priests in captivity. Saint-Aignan Church

Saint-André Collegiate Church: 12th century. No longer in use, the building today hosts exhibitions and concerts.      


Fine Arts Museum: former episcopal palace. Collections of paintings, including a large collection of Vlamincks, earthenware, ancient tools, enamels. Concerts are held in the Italian Room. Temporary thematic exhibitions are proposed throughout the year in the Museum of Children. Discover also the « Gabriel Loire » room (stained glass master and artist, famous over the world) and a new collection: the Matossian Collection. New: The Museum acquired, last November a new watercolour from the painter Vlaminck « Route du Village ». To discover!

Fine Arts Museum

© Compa

Agriculture Museum: the COMPA sets off all that has contributed to the agricultural wealth of the Beauce and Perche areas.

Agriculture Museum


International Stained Glass Centre: A short distance from the cathedral, housed in the former Loëns granaries and a listed historic monument. This workshop-museum and documentation centre offers a global, diversified and lively vision of the art and craft of stained glass making. Demonstrations, exhibitions, lecture-visits, introductory workshops for children and adults, and art history classes make the various stages of stain glass making accessible to everyone. Open year-round, it has become the international centre of the art of stained glass making.

Maison de l’Archéologie

Archeology Museum: Created in 1993, this research and conservation centre presents a permanent exhibition to discover the local heritage. It is a unique site to discover the history of Chartres, old capital of the Carnutes, it became one of the Middle Age craddle. Excavations explore the daily life of inhabitants and craftsmen since the Neolithic until the 20th century. Exhibitions (objects and papers), junior or scholar working group, events … open its doors to an unknown past.

Natural History Museum: Zoological (more than 200 specimens), botanical, geological, mineralogical, paleontological and prehistoric collections. Muséum d’Histoires Naturelles

School Museum of Chartres and “Eure et Loir” area: This museum is dedicated to the educational heritage of the beginning of the 20th century. Created in 1975, it gathers together thousands of objects such as French maps or colonies from the age, natural science boards and magical lanterns, paintings and reading desks…. This museum proposes exhibitions and thematic activities.


THE OLD TOWN The old districts are best explored by foot, by walking down the tertres (stairways) that descend, for example, from the Jardin de l'Evêché, with its exceptional view of the city, by following the Rue des Ecuyers, with its stone bridges straddling the Eure River, by strolling along the streets with such colourful names, evoking once-thriving trades and crafts, and by admiring the often-ancient half timbered houses. All of these districts (covering 64 acres) have been largely renovated, within the framework of one of the first preservation projects in France. DID YOU KNOW? The "Miser's House" is in Chartres!

Hôtel de Champrond


The current bishop's palace, located at Place Jean Moulin, is a superb 16th-century house. The legendary avarice of its 17th-century owner, a Lord of Champrond, inspired Molière's "The Miser".

Experience the city ! Discover the city during the day and night and opt for our thematic stays.

THE « MAISON DU SAUMON » True place of visit, very close to the cathedral, this building, from the second part of the 15th century and the early 16th century, presents in a funny and pedagogical way the tourist wealth of the city of Chartres. This place proposes divers exhibitions in relation with Chartres and the tourism. Chartres Tourist Office proposes a multitude of services: ticket office (concerts, cultural events), hotel booking, guestrooms booking, guided tours, audio guides, thematic programs for groups and individuals and a shop which sell leisure and cultural products. We offer you also:  a numeric space (Ipad®)  a free wireless access point.

Numeric space - Maison du Saumon

INTERACTIVE VISIT “ONE DAY IN CHARTRES” Discover more than 30 sites from Chartres and let the App guide you over unusual and inaccessible sites. This WebApp can be available for consultation via a computer but it is also adapted to tablet computers 3G and smartphones. To discover: Chartres Cathedral framework, Jean Moulin office…


CHARTRES PASS’ Chartres Tourist Office proposes a pass to visit museums and monuments of the city and benefit numerous discounts and special offers on hotels, restaurants and other cultural and leisure attractions. On sale at the Tourist Office of Chartres at the price of €18.90.


THEMATIC GUIDED TOURS The Tourist Office of Chartres proposes, during the whole year, thematic guided tours to discover or rediscover Chartres.  Thematic guided tours in French throughout the year.  Guided tours in English  Night tours: 

Night walking tours “Chartres en Lumières” (Lights of Chartres) are organized (guided tour in French), from April to September.


“Chartres en Lumières Privilège” (Lights of Chartres Privilege): guided tour in French of the crypt of the cathedral and night walking tour, from April to September.

VISITING THE OLD CHARTRES A small tourist train (departure in front of the cathedral) offers a complete tour of the historic districts, from spring to autumn. An audio guided tour in either French and English and lasting one hour and a half (rented at the Tourist Office) leads visitors on a historic tour of Chartres and its monuments, following a marked route.


THEMATIC STAYS Thematic stays are proposed, throughout the year (« Gourmet Stay », « The Essential of Chartres », « Lights of Chartres Stay » « Chartres by bike »…). Compose your discovery stay: evening, day or stay (private guided visit, meeting with craftsmen, activities, discovery of museums). Different formulas are proposed: « VIP », « Family », « Chartres en Lumières » (Lights of Chartres) programs… Offer to your close friends or family some unforgettable moments! DID YOU KNOW?


The city of Chartres offers, during the whole summer season, the "Cyclo2", a bicycle with three wheels, to go from one point to another of the historical center. To use it, you have just to make a sign to a « cyclo'pilote »!

Chartres Tourist Office Tél. : + 33 (0)2 37 18 26 26 E-mail :


Chartres: curiosity Following the initiative of the City of Chartres and the “Chartres Habitat” public housing office, the cooperative society of muralists Cité Création was commissioned to paint four gigantic frescoes in the Bel Air district. These frescoes were inaugurated September, 26th, 2008.

CITE CREATION: PRESENTATION Since 1978, Cité Création makes mural work, frescoes, decorations, scenographies, urban design, adapted or customized, in a public area or private at the inhabitants service, visitors’ or tourists’. More than 440 monumental works have been carried out nowadays, in the entire world: Canada (Quebec), China, Russia, France, Germany. Each work aims to reveal, mark, embellish places, streets, cities or urban industrial spaces or services.



A group composed of a project manager, an artistic director, and three designers and six muralist painters, was involved in this project: three months has been necessary to design these frescoes and nine for the achievement. Four buildings, that is to say a surface area of 4000m², have seen their grayish walls disappeared to leave the place to colored ones. Now there are shimmering colors under the form of diverse trompe-l’oeil. The great subject have been chosen by the tenants: the first one is inspired from the downtown architecture, with the timbered houses, the second one covers the theme of the Beauce identity with a big scene representing the mower of the wheat, a third one reveals the edge of the Eure, the last one refers to the Cosmetic Valley thanks to the theme of the perfume. At the end, sixteen panels are visible in the quarter, on which curious people can also seen many details and the representation of the regulars of the district. The inauguration took place on September 26th, 2008. Until 2009, Bel Air frescoes were the most important example of mural frescoes. They were defeated by the Carrefour Center in Shanghai with a surface are of 6000 m2 (representing France).

DID YOU KNOW? The inhabitants have stricken the pose and some of them appear on the walls… a cat here, a young girl with here doll in her arms there!


Chartres: curiosity Built and decorated between 1930 and 1962 with pieces of broken crockery and earthenware, the Picasiette House is a unique example of Naive Art.

THE PICASSIETTE HOUSE Raymond Isidore was born September, 8th, 1900. He was the seventh and second youngest child of a modest working class family. Until 1924, he lived at his parents’ house in Chartres, rue des Grandes-Filles-Dieu at first and then rue des Béguines. He was at first a moulder in a little foundry of Chartres and then a moulder in the Teisset, Rose and Brault. After a few years, he married Adrienne Dousset and they had three children. Then, he bought the land situated rue des Rouliers (now rue du Repos), on which he will build his house. In the beginning of the 1930’s, he was employed at the Tramway company of Eure et Loir and he started to build his house and to decorate the interior of it. Eight years later, he decorated the courtyard and outside walls of the house. Until 1962, he continued to decorate the house, he built a chapel and a summerhouse. Moreover, he bought the adjacent piece of land and he decorated the second courtyard. After a while, it was the construction of the enclosing wall and the garden porch and the decoration of the garden as well as the creation of the spirit Tomb.


Raymond Isidore died the day before his birthday. The City of Chartres acquired Picassiette House on 20th October 1981.

DID YOU KNOW ? The mocking nickname of Picassette can be roughly translated by plate stealer and the Picasso of plates. This name refers to the gigantic amount of broken plates, crockery and various sorts of glass, which Raymond Isidore had to collect to complete his enterprise. 16

Gastronomy Chartres boasts an exceptionally rich culinary heritage : Mentchikoffs, macaroons, beer and pâté of Chartres, Sablé de Beauce biscuits, cochelins, poule au pot, edible flowers, as well as delicious "Rétrodor" baguettes.

GOURMET DELICACIES Chartres offers visitors various local specialities: Chartres Pâté: Famous since the 18th century, Chartres Pâté is a pasty in the form of a pie filled essentially with game meat. Originally, it was made using plovers and dotterels, birds that would pass over Chartres during their migrations. When these birds disappeared, partridges and pheasants were used instead. It is a part of the gastronomic heritage of the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Poule au Pot: Henry IV is reputed to have declared, "If God allows me to live, I will make sure that there is not a single labourer in my kingdom who does not have the means to enjoy a boiled chicken on Sundays." The poule au pot, or "boiled chicken", eaten by peasant families became popularly associated with the reign of Henry of Navarre, the only king to have been crowned in Chartres Cathedral, on 27th February 1594. In memory of this event, some restaurants in Chartres include a poule au pot on their menus, especially during the "Henry IV Weekend" (February 23th and 24th 2013).


The Mentchikoff: a sweet made of fine praline chocolate covered with Swiss meringue was created in 1893 at the time of the Franco-Russian Alliance. Today, many of Chartres' confectioners continue to make this delicacy, which delights the gourmets and gourmands. The macaroon: Originally invented in Venice during the Renaissance, the macaroon can now be found throughout France. Made from a paste of ground almonds, sugar and egg whites, this delicious, round biscuit can be filled with various flavours. Chartres' pastry chefs have developed, through extensive research and tests, a recipe for making this dessert soft and tender.

DID YOU KNOW? Don’t give flowers anymore, eat them! You can savour them in the region, in the field of Virginie BOUCHARD in Tremblay-le-Vicomte (Tremblayles-Villages)!


The « Rétrodor » baguette: This traditional baguette made from flour without any additives, the result of subtly blending the best Beauce wheat has a light, fluffy middle with irregularly-shaped holes white part and a golden crust. Famous throughout France, this baguette is also appreciated abroad. The Cochelin: A puff pastry in the form of a man which is sometimes filled with chocolate, raspberry or marzipan. The Cochelin was originally prepared at New Year's. L’Eurélienne: Produced in Eure-et-Loir, this beer is brewed and bottled on a family farm less than 6 miles from the city of Chartres. Raw materials are selected and blended with raw cereals from the farm, then processed and packed. The Eurelienne beer won a silver medal at the general agricol competition at the Agriculture fair in 2012. The Sablé de Beauce Biscuit: Made exclusively with Beauce and Eure-et-Loir wheat, the Viron flour mills follow a traditional recipe for their sablé de Beauce biscuits. Made with a generous dollop of churned butter beaten in with fresh eggs from the Beauce region, it's 100% natural (no additives). This delicious, little wheat biscuit doesn't crumble and keeps perfectly. The teas of Chartres : There are three teas:  the « Blue Tea of Chartres »: a blend of black and green tea, citrus fruits, berries and violet-flavoured in a specially designed blue tea caddy. This exquisite tea-blend, created by the coffee and tea shop “La Brûlerie de Chartres”, is inspired by the famous “blue colour of Chartres”,  the « Lights of Chartres » tea: a blend of black and green tea, green apple, blackcurrant, apricot-flavoured (allusion to the event, which takes place every year, from April to September),  the « Kiss of Chartres » tea: a blend of black and green tea, berries, hazelnut, caramel, rosebud-flavoured (referring to the Cosmetic Valley).  The “Henri IV” tea: an aphrodisiac blend of green teas and black, almond, ginger, mint, lemon, vanilla, berry pink or cocoa (referring to Henri IV, the only king of France to have been crowned in Chartres Cathedral in 1594.        


THE BEES ON THE ROOFTOPS OF THE MEDIA LIBRARY AND THE THEATER Chartres revive its local beekeeping tradition with the installation of beehives in the town centre by Jean-François BILLARD. Beehives were installed on the roofs of the media library. The first years confirm that the bees enjoy the city. The famous « Miel de la Médiathèque » (media library’s honey) is from them on produced on the rooftops of the media library. The « Miel de Chartres » (the honey of Chartres) is produced since 2008 at the Perriers’ site, near the « Saint-Brice » district. Annual harvest in some figures:  

The 5 beehives on the roof of the media library produced between 10 and 40 kg of flower honey with lime. The 25 beehives, at the Perriers’ site, produced around 50 kg by beehive in 2 crops. The second one is a combination of flowers (acacia and lime).


Croc Frais® The Eure-et-Loir on all tables at the cocktail hour Market leader in fresh olive, the Croc Frais® company, founded in 1998, is located in Mignières (10 km from Chartres). Using its ascension in the market, the company continues to build on the alliance “taste quality and innovation” (creation of the holding OLIVES & CO, catering olives’ launch, culinary aids and spreadable). Black, green or purple, plain, flavoured or stuffed, succumbs to the multitude of authentic and full of flavour recipes. The Lemonade « la Beauceronne » The lemonade “La Beauceronne” was created in 1888 by Fernand SAVOURE. Five generations later, Stanislas SAVOURE decides to reintroduce this ancient recipe of lemonade, with the ingredients of water from the region of la Beauce and sugar beets from the sugar refinery of Artenay. The Beauce Cola After the Corsicans, the Bretons, or northerners, the Beauce region has now its cola “Made in Beauce”. Launched on March 28th, 2010, the“Beauce Cola” is produced with sugar beets from the sugar refinery of Artenay (30km in the South of Chartres). The Rosé wine of Chartres and the vineyard of Saint-Brice In April 2003, a little vineyard of 500 wine plants was created on a hill in Saint-Brice, a southern district of Chartres. The 25th of September 2006, the first harvest of blue-shaded grapes took place, with more than 1000 kg of grapes, and since then the harvest is celebrated every year in Chartres.

Vineyard of Saint-Brice



YOU ARE « THE CHEF » – COOKING SESSIONS FOR GROUPS Discover our cooking sessions in the prestigious setting of La Maison du Saumon. These cooking sessions are offered to adults and children. You will cook macaroons, Paris Brest or French specialties. More: At the end of the session, every participant will keep the recipe and his creations. DID YOU KNOW? To discover: the « 11, Cours Gabriel » located in an old garage with the Eiffel architecture, glass roof and metal girders. Its 145 sq. m will be exclusively dedicated to the cookery with a cooking workshop and a shop.

Book your cooking session at the Tourist Office of Chartres (+ 33 (0)2 37 18 26 23) or by e-mail (



The "Terres d'Eure & Loir" label was created to promote local products and culinary know-how. "Terres d'Eure & Loir" guarantees the authenticity of its products from Beauce, Perche, Dunois, Drouais and Chartres.

Since 1st July 2011, the Tourist Office of Chartres is categorised « Terres d’Eure&Loir », to promote Chartres and its area as a gourmet destination through value added products. Discover recipes of local producers on the website:



TERRES D’EURE&LOIR - Aurélie TOUTAIN Diversification consultant / Bienvenue à la Ferme (« Welcome to the farm ») Tél : 02 37 24 45 36 - Fax : 02 37 24 45 90

DID YOU KNOW? Thanks to precooked Ebly® wheat, the Beauce is today present in kitchens throughout France.


Chartres: art and craftsmen workshop Close to Paris, Chartres combines culture and French “art de vivre” (way of life), blending the fun of the discovery and an exceptionally rich heritage for visitors: talented arts and craftsmen, including its famous glass studios, offer to curious tourists a fascinating stay.

PASSIONATE ARTS AND CRAFTSMEN Glassmakers, watchmakers, stone-cutters, upholsterers, bookbinders, picture framers, wrought-iron workers, illuminators, sculptors and potters, the skilled arts and craftsmen of Chartres and the surrounding area invite you to visit their workshops and share in their passion.

Information : Tourist Office of Chartres.

« ARTISANALES DE CHARTRES »: NATIONAL ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR Wealth and diversity of craft' activities are too little known today. The fair promotes all the activities around crafts through demonstrations, tastings and entertainment to 70,000 visitors who come each year. In October, nearly 500 exhibitors and 150 trades show their activities to the curiosity of visitors every year, as the « Greatest living workshops ».


The variety of craft skills is made up of a panel rich of traditional crafts such as modern. Visitors will find many concrete examples like the pole including eco-construction presenting the latest technologies for sustainable development.Through its "Districts of crafts", spaces dedicated to training institutions in the Region Centre (Centre of Apprentice Training, Professional High Schools), the « Artisanales de Chartres » is also an opportunity to create or confirm some future professional vocation. In these areas, young people take turns to give demonstrations of their daily activity: food services, construction, automotive, horticulture and landscaping. Information: « Chambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat d’Eure-et-Loir » Corine ISSANCHOU Communication Department Tel : + 33 (0)2 37 91 57 09 E-mail :


DID YOU KNOW Giving a « new dimension » to the art of Glass! Different stained glass masters are experimenting new technics of creation like « drapping », projection of glass or « fusing ».

TALENTED STAINED-GLASS MAKERS The art of stained-glass window making is still alive. Each day in Chartres, master glassmakers make use of their skills not only to restore old stained-glass windows, but also to create new works for both public buildings and private residences. Many artists and craftsmen working with glass have come to the city to study the works of past masters and have also decided to set up shop in Chartres. Atelier Lorin Hermet-Juteau

The Lorin Studio, Chartres' oldest studio, founded in 1846 in a former tannery on the Eure River has never known a break in activity. Recent works include Alfred Manessier's important stained glass projects. Other studios, specialized in the restoration of the old stained-glass windows of historic monuments or in the creation of new windows for private homes, passionately pursue their art, continuing to make Chartres the modern capital of stained glass making. In addition, numerous public buildings are decorated with stained glass windows from local studios. The general craze for this art has led certain master glassmakers to open their studio doors to the public such as Loire, Picol, Lorin-Hermet-Juteau and also AK Vitrail.

Each year, an open house is organized. The “Galerie du Vitrail” A veritable antique shop full of stained-glass windows, the gallery exhibits and sells old and modern stained-glass windows, while its bookshop, unique in France, offers more than 400 titles on the subject.



Multi-generational group led by common artistic and human values Artway Chartres was born in 2007. This association highlights and works on redefining aesthetics by loosing inestimable and ancestral prestige of glass. With constant research and development, Artway Chartres tackles the innovation of the material’s technical quality, its implementation and layout. The association is also behind the projection of light on glass.

DID YOU KNOW? It is after his military service that Gabiel LOIRE arrived in Chartres and met the Delaporte canon. In 1946, he opened his own stained glass studio. For him, making stained glass is truly teamwork and the stained glass master is the designer. He has made known the techniques of “dalle de verre” (facetted glass) in the world. 22


Sainte-Foy Church

Chartres counts around ten antique shops, offering a large selection of quality furniture, paintings, ornaments, and art objects. These shops are located in the city centre and in the lower town.

A list is available at the Tourist Office. Every Tuesday, the “Hôtel des Ventes” sells old objects and furniture, while every weekend, the “Galerie de Chartres” organizes international public auctions (dolls, toys, photos, furniture, etc.). Tel: + 33 (0)2 37 88 28 28

LE CHEMIN DES ARTS - ARTIST’S STUDIOS IN CHARTRES Numerous places to meet artists and discover their work: three galleries and a workshop constitute the « Chemin des Arts »: Contemporary mosaic exhibition gallery, Chapelle St-Eman – 11, rue St-Eman. Open every day: 2-6pm except on Mondays. Free entrance.

Saint-André Collegiate Church

Saint-André Collegiate Church – 2, rue Saint-André. Open from Tuesday to Sunday : 10am-7pm depending on the exhibitions. Free entrance.

« Chapelle Saint-Eman »

Contemporary art gallery, Prieuré St-Vincent – 12, rue Porte Cendreuse. Open every day: 2-7pm except on Mondays from June to September and 2-6:30pm from October to May. Free entrance.


Contemporary art workshop – 1, rue du Massacre. Patrick CROSSONNEAU

To visit these studios or to have more information on the exhibitions, please call the office of the city hall of Chartres (« Direction des Affaires Culturelles ») at +33(0)2 37 23 41 43.


The Cosmetic Valley : competitiveness cluster Beginning in the 1960s, the great Parisian perfume makers moved their production facilities from the capital to nearby regions, only an hour from Paris. In their wake, numerous small and medium-sized businesses in the perfume and cosmetics industry were set up. Today, the Cosmetic Valley, located southwest of Paris, gathers 15-20% of cosmetic and perfume industry jobs. This strategic centre ensures the competitiveness of this key sector of the French economy, as well as the continued value of the "Made in France" label. Grouping in Chartres and the Eure-et-Loir an exceptional concentration of businesses and creative energy in the beauty sector, the Cosmetic Valley today represents France's and the world's number one network of perfume and cosmetics-related companies : at the moment, more than one cosmetic product over ten sold in the World has been producted in the heart of the Cosmetic Valley. This key sector assures production for the jewels of the luxury and beauty industry.

KEY FIGURES  800 companies  70 000 employments


 Employments of the Cosmectic sector are : culture of aromatic plants, formulation of active principles, creation and formulation, production of perfumes and cosmetics, control, test and analysis laboratories, point of sale advertizing and design, conditionning, plastic injection, packaging, logistics ...  7 universities  €18 bn turnover, that is to say 50% of the french global industry in the Beauty sector.

©LVMH Recherche

 136 course of studies  200 research laboratories  8000 research workers  50 news sites implanted since the creation of the cluster.


DID YOU KNOW? The first important perfume was created by a « nose » from the area: Jicky de Guerlain

Among the most popular perfumes, the Cosmetic Valley produces such classics as Shalimar, XS for her and Calandre for women and Habit Rouge and XS for men, as well as recent favourite ones: Lolita Lempicka, Vivienne Westwood's Boudoir, and Paco Rabanne's Ultraviolet Man.

In the beauty and spa products sector, the Cosmetic Valley produces Guerlain's Météorites and the lipstick Divinora, Lancaster's line of sunscreens, Issima body care and Dior soaps. The Cosmetic Valley was declared a "competitiveness cluster" on 12th July 2005. Its main goal is to become the world's most important cluster in the perfume and cosmetics industry, and thereby establishing France as the number one country in this sector.






Nina Ricci


Lolita Lempicka


Jean-Paul Gaultier


Lancaster group


Hermes Parfum


LT Piver




Pacific Europe


Paco Rabanne Parfums


YSL Beauté Recherche et Industrie


And also Gemey Maybelline (L’Oréal), Yves-Saint-Laurent Beauté (L’Oréal), Clarins, Caudalie, Chanel. Some multinationals implanted in France : Unilever, Procter&Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Johnson&Johnson.



Information: Cosmetic Valley DID YOU KNOW?

1, place de la cathédrale - 28000 Chartres Tél. + 33 (02) 37 21 12 11

10 tons of rose petals are needed to 1 kilo of rose oil.

E-mail :


Chartres: industry, shopping and agriculture Almost 2,800 companies provide the Chartres area “Chartres Métropole” with 25,553 jobs, nearly half of them in the industrial sector. The distribution by sector: Industry: 240 companies employing 6,747 workers.  Commerce: 1,377 businesses employing 8,208 workers.  Services: 1,711 companies employing 11,526 workers.  Construction and public works: 33 companies employing 2,592 workers. 

INDUSTRIES The main sectors of industrial and commercial activity are parachemical, perfumes, automotive subcontracting, insurance and imports. Following are the best performing companies for each sector of the local economy: Insurance:

Chemical et parachemical industry:

 MMA


Novo Nordisk (medicine)


Reckitt Benckiser France (household cleaning products)

Automotive (Equipment):


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Maflow France Automotive (power steering, air conditioning and suspension) Perfume and cosmetics industry: Philips Éclairage (lights)  Guerlain (perfume and cosmetics)


Asco-Joucomatic (tire components)


Triefus ADIE (manufacturing of diamond seats)


Asahi Diamond Industrial Europe


Fragrance (cosmetics)

Precision industry:



Jaeger Régulation (counteurs)


Hydro-Aluminium extrusion France (aluminium profiles)

Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Chartres et d’Eure-et-Loir (C.C.I.)


(Chamber of Commerce)


EDF (Electricité de France)

5 avenue Marcel Proust - 28000 CHARTRES


Lorenove–Lorebat-Lorillard woodworking, specialized in windows)


Cinq sur Cinq (mobile phones)

Tel: +33 (0)2 37 84 28 28 E-mail : 26

(industrial doors and

SHOPPING The city's central pedestrian area encourages the development and diversification of shops catering to the many tourists visiting Chartres. A colourful food market is held on Saturday and Wednesday mornings in the Baltard-style market hall located at Place Billard, near the cathedral (market moved to Place des Halles until June 2013 because of civil engineering). A flower market is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Place du Cygne. In the Chartres area, there are 3 large supermarkets (more than 2,500 m²) and 9 supermarkets (400-2,500 m²), as well as specialized chain stores. Chartres also offers numerous traditional shops. For example, Pinson Butcher's, at 4 Rue du Soleil d'Or, is one of the oldest butcher's shop in France. Built in 1892 in the Modern style, its owner chose to continue offering traditional cuts of meat.

Discover at the bottom of the cathedral « Le Pichet 3 »: in the past, it was a traditional restaurant. Now it is a small bistro with a non-stop service from 10am to 7pm, with a shop. You can find objects from flea markets, and also local products « Terres d’Eure&Loir » with the possibility of eating these products in the restaurant.


Chartres also boasts shops offering French fashion, the most popular perfumes, the creations of famous jewelers and exceptional leather goods.



Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Chartres et d’Eure-et-Loir (C.C.I.) 5 avenue Marcel Proust - 28000 CHARTRES Tel: +33 (0)2 37 84 28 28 E-mail :

Chambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat d’Eure-etLoir 24 boulevard de la Courtille - 28 000 CHARTRES Tel: +33 (0)2 37 91 57 00 E-mail :


AGRICULTURE Capital of the Beauce area, the « granary of France », Chartres is located in the Eure-et-Loir administrative department, the first grain area of France, in the region Centre/Val de Loire, the first grain area of Europe.

New products are developped around Chartres, such as potatoes which knew a new success. The Centre area and especially the Eure-et-Loir rank second in the production of Colza « diester » (Alternative fuels), and developpe a new way for the operation of its agricultural products. Indeed, the agricultural area of Chartres favors the harvests for cosmetic and biofuels.

Many places for agricultural research are located in Beauce area. Efficient transformation tools are used in many food-chains, such as: Milling of flours;


Sugar industry;


Slaughter of poultry;


Manufacture of cakes, pastries and breads;








The presence of Ebly®, the ready-to-cook wheat.


DID YOU KNOW? The « Grands Moulins de Chartres » produce 100 000 tons of wheat per year.

Chambre d'Agriculture 10, rue Dieudonné-Costes 28000 CHARTRES Tél. + 33 (02) 37 24 45 40 E-mail :

40% of this production is used to manufacture the famous French baguette Banette® ! 28

2013 major events Chartres enjoys a particularly rich calendar of cultural and festive events: music and dance festivals, water and Light Festivals, exhibitions and fairs showcasing local knowhow… All these activities combine to make visitors want to extend their stay.

FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS Festival Carré d’As (Music Festival), 19th to 26th January Performances by talented, young musicians from French and European conservatoires, at the Fine Arts Museum. Tel: +33 (0)2 37 36 43 00 Henri IV Week-end, 23th and 24th February "Poule au Pot" menus in the restaurants; bouillon and wine tastings; "Chartres during the rule of Henry IV" theme tour; activities celebrating the memory of Henry IV, King of Navarre, the only king to have been crowned in Chartres, in 1594. Tel: +33 (0)2 37 21 05 12 « Festival des Clavecins de Chartres » (Harpsichord Event), 17th, 23th and 24th March Harpsichord concerts. Tel: +33 (0)1 30 59 25 65


The market of Loire Wines « Paulée », Sunday, April 14th This event, which is a showcase for the wines produced around the Loire, provides an opportunity to highlight young winemakers in particular and to taste the wines from the previous grape harvest. Place des Halles 10am to 5pm. Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 15 15 Chartres en Lumières (Lights of Chartres), from 13th April to 21st September Every evening from 13st April to 21th September, the heritage of Chartres comes under the spotlight: The cathedral, the bishop's palace gardens, the Hotel Montescot, Place Marceau and Place du Cygne, Saint André Collegiate Church, the Écuyers street appear in shimmering colours and take on new dimensions. Large closing event on 21th September (Festival of Lights). Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26

Chartres en Lumières © Conception: Xavier de Richemont - Photographer: M. Anglada

« Chartres en Parfums - La Semaine du Parfum » « Perfume Festival » from 27th to 31st May. Numerous events: many exhibitions and commercial events in the city. Visits of perfume and cosmetic manufacturers… Information: +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26 « Festival of Perfume and Garden » : 25th and 26th May. This festival will launch the perfume week« Chartres en Parfums - La Semaine du Parfum » Numerous events will be proposed on the boulevards these two days. Information: +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26


« Fête de l’Eau » (Water Festival), Friday, 28th June Torchlight parade on the Eure River and music on the bridges of the old town of Chartres. Organisation: ChartrEstivales. Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26 Fête de l’Eau

« Les Soirées Autrement » from 1st June to 31th August Numerous events in the Cathedral: “Bible en continu” (bible reading) on Tuesdays; “Vitraux grand format” (stained-glass projection) on Fridays; “Moment Musical” (concert) on Sundays. Free entrance. Open until 10pm. - Tel: +33 (0)2 37 21 59 08 « La nuit des Cathédrales » (the night of the cathedral) : 11th May Concerts, shows in the cathedral. Tel: +33 (0)2 37 21 59 08 « Soirées Estivales de Chartres » (Chartres Summer Evening Festival), from 27th June to 24th August Street and musical entertainment (at 9pm) ; organ concerts in the Cathedral... 50 free shows and concerts. Organisation: ChartrEstivales. - Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26 Les Soirées Estivales de Chartres

Festival International d’Orgue (International Organ Festival), 7th July - 1st September Festival showcasing "Europe's talented organists". Free concerts by renowned musicians, Europe's elite organists, Sundays at 4:30pm in the Cathedral. Free entrance. Fête de la Lumière (Festival of Lights), 21th September Large, popular festival with a special illuminated route through the town and numerous events. - Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26


Fête des Vendanges (Grape Harvest Festival), 28th and 29th September Chartres invites you to discover popular traditions and agricultural practices from the beginning of 20th century to the present day. Information: +33 (0)2 37 25 69 06

La Fête de la Lumière

Journées Lyriques de Chartres et d’Eure-et-Loir (Music Festival), end of September-beginning of October Chartres and the Eure-et-Loir region invite you to enjoy a musical tour in the company of Eve RUGGIERI, artistic director. Tel: +33 (0)2 37 30 13 38

« Festival du légendaire » (Festival of Legends), October – November Festival of tales: shows, free events, tours with a storyteller in remarkable places of Chartres and Eure-et-Loir region. - Tel: +33 (0)2 37 23 01 99 or +33 (0)6 09 72 93 91 « Top in Humour » festival - November-December Comic shows in the city as well as in the countryside, a mix of confirmed humorists and future stars of laugh. Tel : + 33 (0)2 37 35 08 94


DID YOU KNOW? Chartres' traditional Foire de la SaintAndré (Saint Andrew's Fair) dates back to the Middle Ages. It was held near Saint-André Collegiate Church and was the region's largest pig market. Ever since then, the fair has been held on the closest Sunday to Saint Andrew's Day.

FAIRS AND SHOWS « Salon des Loisirs Créatifs » (Arts and Crafts Fair), 11th - 13th January About fifty exhibitors and introductory workshop: embroidery, calligraphy, scrapbooking, patchwork, accessories and jewels’ creation, children’s decoration. At Chartrexpo. - Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26 Chartres flea market, 23th and 24th March Antique merchants at Chartexpo (Paris road). - Tel: +33 (0)6 09 04 93 57

Artisanales de Chartres (National Craft Fair), 11th - 14th October Eight centuries ago, it was craftsmen who built Chartres Cathedral. It's only natural that the “Artisanales de Chartres” should be held in the capital of the Eure-et-Loir. This nationally-famous fair has established itself as the country's most important meeting for craftsmen. Tel: +33 (0)2 37 91 57 00 « Foire de la Saint-André » (Saint André's Fair), 24th November Town centre. This fair goes back to the Middle Ages. - Tel: +33 (0)2 37 23 40 00 Christmas activities : 3 weeks in December Musical entertainment in the town centre - Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 47 60 Flea Market throughout the year - Tel: +33 (0)2 37 23 40 00    

SPORTS Horse racing, from March to December, at the Chartres racecourse Tel. +33 (0)2 37 34 93 73


Aquatic Complex - ice skating rink « L’Odyssée » - Tel: +33 (0)2 37 25 33 33: The largest aquatic complex-ice skating rink in France with more than 4000sq. m of water, a skating rink measuring 1300sq. m, a diving pool 20m deep, a fitness suite and catering facilities, a children’s space, activities during the year (thematic evenings, DJ…).

2013 PILGRIMAGES     

« Aumôneries jeunes d’Ile de France » pilgrimage (student pilgrimage) – 24th March « Working people » pilgrimage - 5th May Tamil pilgrimage – 26th May Our Lady of Christianity pilgrimage - 20th May Assumption (procession in the city) - 15th August

AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR Numerous events make Chartres a lively city to visit: quality theatrical and musical performances, rich and varied exhibitions. Information available in Chartres Tourist office.

Available information at Chartres Tourist Office. 31

Accommodation and access QUALITY HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS 25 hotels in the greater Chartres area, with 1,270 available rooms 

10 hotels in the city centre (429 rooms) - 5 independent hotels and 2 chain hotel: 3 4-star hotels (170 rooms), 1 3-star hotels (82 rooms), 3 2-star hotels (98 rooms), 3 unrated hotel (79 rooms).


15 hotels outside the city centre (841 rooms) - 3 independent and 11 chain hotels: 1 3-star hotel (112 rooms), 7 2-star hotels (357 rooms), 5 1-star hotels (260 rooms), 2 tourist-class hotels (112 rooms).

Diverse, friendly restaurants. Numerous restaurants, serving everything from traditional cuisine to exotic specialties, invite you to discover the pleasures of dining out in Chartres. A list is available at Chartres Tourist Office.  



Motorway links Chartres is at 60-minutes drive from Paris (89 km). Two motorways link Chartres directly to the capital:  Via the Porte d'Orléans or the Porte d'Italie: the A6 (direction: Lyon), then the A10 (direction: Bordeaux) and the A11 (direction: Nantes).  Via Porte de Saint-Cloud: the A13 (direction: Rambouillet). To the West (direction: Brittany), the A11 is accessible at Thivars (9 km) by the N10 (direction: Tours): then, Le Mans (116 km) and Rennes (251 km); Angers (199 km) and Nantes (290 km). Road links:  D910 to Paris (89 km), Tours (141 km), then Bordeaux (446 km) and Spain.   D923 to Le Mans (121 km) and Nantes (299 km).   N154 on the route linking Rouen (134 km) to Orléans (73 km).             


33 daily links (in both directions) between Chartres and the Paris-Montparnasse railway station, TGV Atlantic's hub. Trip length: 50 to 70 min. Each day, 12 trains link (in both directions) Chartres and Le Mans. Several trains also link the city with Brittany. After your arrival at the Train station, opt for the discover of the city by bike. Go to « La Maison du Vélo » Place Pierre Sémard-28000 Chartres - Tel : +33 (0)2 37 32 83 51  



The Paris airports are accessible by motorway from Chartres: Orly Sud and Orly Ouest, at 75 km (45 min); RoissyCharles-de-Gaulle, at 120 km (80 min). The Tours airport is 150 km away from Chartres (2 hours).


Contacts Our team is ready to help you, by:  meeting your requests for information or visuals,  welcoming you to Chartres,  helping you to organize the shooting of films or photo reports in Chartres.


Aurélien CHARPILLE, General Manager


Amélie PESCHARD, Promotion and Communication Department Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 50 35 - E-mail :

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Full brochures dealing with local gastronomy or culture are provided by the Tourist Office Press Department. Culture brochure (in French):  Writers who have written about Chartres and the surrounding area


 Artists who have painted Chartres  Famous men and women from Chartres  Movies made in the Chartres area  Famous men and women who have spent time in Chartres  Gastronomy brochure (in French):      

Chartres' gastronomic heritage Gastronomic specialties of Chartres and the Eure-et-Loir Tourist Office’s products and stays for food lovers  Gastronomic events The Eure-et-Loir's brotherhood of fine gourmets  Cooking and wine tasting classes 

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Chartres - Press Release 2013  
Chartres - Press Release 2013  

Chartres Press Release in English.