La Nuit des Chimeres, Le Mans City

#3 of 29 in Historic Sites in Sarthe
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
In an effort to attract tourists to Le Mans, the city organized La Nuit des Chimeres. This ingenious idea has been a success, attracting over 150,000 people every summer. The event is only visible after sundown--that’s when the ghosts of Le Mans' past come out to play. Images of the city’s ancient architecture are projected onto the edifices of current buildings, so you get an idea of how the city has changed over the centuries. Tour all the projections and see the story of the Plantagenet city unfold before you in striking imagery designed by award-winning graphic artists. This event also combines ghosts of the past with the music of bygone days at the Saint-Julien Cathedral. For La Nuit des Chimeres and beyond, use our Le Mans City trip itinerary builder app to get the most from your Le Mans City vacation.
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  • The free light show started about 9.30pm, very impressive and very worthwhile waiting to see. There is a light show on both sides of the cathedral  more »
  • Every evening in july and august between dusk (21h30) and midnight the historic center of Le Mans is the background for a free walk along a number of projections on edifices and in trees. Some are...  more »
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