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Projection mapping in the city of Chartres

A wonderful artistic walking experience

Chartres is a really beautiful little city at only 1 hour from Paris. Well none for its Cathedral that is being renovated at the moment. My husband and I went over there during the summer and had the chance to discover Chartres en Lumière: A great lighting experience based on projection mapping.


The light path to follow

There is this fantastic path in the city that you follow thanks to little inlaid lights in the ground. Those lights brings you to discover different experiences of projection mapping in all the city. Each of the 24 experiences tells a different story that is based on history and heritage.


22 – The Media Library


5 – Beaux Art Museum


12 – Saint-Hilaire Arcades


But, what is exactly projection mapping ?

“Projection mapping, also known as video mapping and spatial augmented reality, is a projection technology used to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for video projection. These objects may be complex industrial landscapes, such as buildings, small indoor objects or theatrical stages. By using specialized software, a two- or three-dimensional object is spatially mapped on the virtual program which mimics the real environment it is to be projected on. The software can interact with a projector to fit any desired image onto the surface of that object.”  Wikipedia

Experience number 5 : Beaux Art Museum

Here’s one of my favorite mapping ! A beautiful story to discover on the walls of the Front Garden of the Bishopric.

Smartphone app

Chartres also provides an app to guide you through the path of experiences. The app is not fantastic in terms of User Experience but you will find some useful information on it.


On iPhone click here

On Android click here

For the web app for smartphone click here


Discover more pictures on my pinterest board Chartres en lumières


You can experiment this visit between mid-April and begining of October each year. So save the date right now for 2017 ! To get more information you can contact Chartres Tourism Office on the +33 2 37 18 26 26 or by email at info@otchartres.fr

Have a nice visit