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La Nuit des Chimeres, Le Mans

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Historic Walking Area 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. A visit to La Nuit des Chimeres represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Le Mans trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • Returning from our family holiday in southern France, and scoping out Le Mans for a short stop, I saw La Nuit des Chimeres advertised. Website wasn't very clear on dates as we were at the very end of ...  more »
  • The nightly display for Christmas features on the cathedral walls and tells some biblical stories and also patterns and folk tales. The show lasts about 20 minutes and repeats on a loop between 18:30 ...  more »
  • This started much later than the advertised time and was quite limited. However it was very pleasant. The one we saw in Rennes the next night was better.  more »
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  • Amazing show, worth the visit!!
  • Say that this is one of the most beautiful or the most beautiful Cathedral in France would not make sense if the reality did not show him: closely inserted into its urban environment on the side of the closed city, she seems escapes over the Roman wall across the backbone mountainous where spanned the former Gallic oppidum supported its buttresses and its arcs-boutant she sei gives the appearance of huge spider! Giant!
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  • Fun to do with families or friends simple and effective
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  • Great show in the open air. I go all year without ever getting bored
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  • . . . . . . (((( . . . . . . (o.o) - ooO-(_) - Ooo - to see...! ☺ amazing projection of images around the old Mans on different facades of monuments and on the Cobbles...! Not to be missed...! ♥. ╔══╗ ╚╗╔╝ ╔╝(¯'v´¯) ╚══'. ¸. [The night of the chimera]... ☺♪♫
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