France: summer magic with four night-time spectacles

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France: summer magic with four night-time spectacles

This summer, France will come under a spell. All across the country, magical night-time spectacles illuminate the night with sight and sound.

History is calling to the north of Nantes. From 6 July to 31 August 2019, Les Chroniques du Mont will transform the monument with a sensational night-time spectacle. Inside the fascinating Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, the walls will tell the tales of battles and legends, saints and knights... Light and sound effects along with videos reveal the history of the Archangel for the second year running.

Another adventure awaits in Strasbourg. Starting in July, the city invites visitors to enjoy a light show that spans the ages. From the time of the great cathedrals to the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine in 1871, relive centuries of Strasbourg history during an unforgettable evening that will take you from the cathedral to the Quai des Bateliers.

Now it is time to head south, near Toulouse. In the heart of the Languedoc plains, the fortified city and mediaeval towers of Carcassonne stand out against the landscape. As night falls, the stage is set for a luminous spectacle, where visitors walk to centre of the citadel as the ramparts are alight with light and sound. La Cité des pierres vivantes will dazzle spectators from 1 August to 1 September.

Just outside Paris is the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. This 17th-century castle stands proudly in a clearing. Get ready: the night-time show is about to start. Thousands of candles spread around the park's 33 hectares recreate the incandescent evenings held here in honour of the “Sun King”. From 4 May to 5 October 2019, the Grand Siècle emerges once more under your watchful gaze.

Illumination of the Strasbourg cathedral
From 6 July to 1 September 2019
Strasbourg
France
+33 (0)3 88 52 28 28
https://ete.strasbourg.eu/en/lux

Les Chroniques du Mont
From 6 July to 31 August 2019
Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
50170 Mont-Saint-Michel
France
leschroniquesdumont.fr/en

La Cité des pierres vivantes
From 1 August to 1 September 2019
Château Comtal de Carcassonne
11000 Carcassonne
France
citedespierresvivantes.fr/en

Candlelit evenings
From 4 May to 5 October 2019
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
77950 Maincy
France
+33(0)1 64 14 41 90
https://vaux-le-vicomte.com/en/news/the-candlelit-evenings/