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Be soothed by the Lumières of Sens

Summer nights in Sens and Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, we certainly know how to enjoy them! At 10.30pm two sound and light shows take place on the façade of Sens Cathedral and the Porte de Sens in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne. Midway between history and poetry... People come back time and time again!


A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CELEBRATING 850 YEARS OF THE CATHEDRAL

The people of Sens and visitors on the square in front of the Cathedral of Saint Stephen of Sens remember Saturday 28 June 2014 very well. That evening, a major first was announced! Their cathedral would be illuminated with a thousand colours in a show retracing 850 years since its consecration (1164 – 2014). A light rain descended on the evening at the last moment but, without question, the only thunder that could be heard that night was the thunder of applause (we might even shed a little tear watching the video of it again!)

 

 

"A MUST-SEE OF THE BURGUNDY SUMMER SEASON"

Over the last three years, this first show has been projected more than 80 times every Friday and Saturday evening from mid-June to mid-September, and the very least we can say is that we have never bored of it! It has even been said that one person in particular saw it more than six or seven times in one summer and that on each occasion he took someone different along… So, who can do better than that?

 


Created with flickr slideshow.

 

VILLENEUVE-SUR-YONNE IS ILLUMINATED TOO!

Turning off the lights for the last time is no easy thing. 17 September 2016 was the last date announced in our first run of shows and we all felt like Eddy Mitchell on "la dernière séance" (“The Final Showing”, a French television programme devoted to cinema). But it would appear that the idea had taken root all too well, as in the spring of 2017, not one, but two new shows were announced! Throughout summer 2017, in addition to the façade of Sens Cathedral, the medieval gate at the northern entrance of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne was also illuminated for a magical show!

 

WHAT MIGHT YOU FANCY DOING BEFORE AND AFTER…?

You might be driving for a good hour before arriving in Sens (and/or Villeneuve-sur-Yonne) to see the projection and you're probably wondering whether a half-hour long show is worth such a long journey. Don't panic! Here are some ideas for activities and outings to do before or after the show :

  • If you have children with you, nothing beats a treasure hunt with the mobile app GuidiGo! !
  • Fancy a little stroll and seeing the town's must-see monuments? Choose our historic route following the arrows with the image of Brennus.
  • After the show, amble with your family to the craft market in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne.
  • Not forgetting our guided tours of Sens Cathedral and shows staged by Sénonais associations on the cathedral square.

 

Des animations sont proposés avant les spectacles à Sens et Villeneuve-sur-Yonne

Before the beginning of the projection, ''Coincidences'', a dance company, performed its show on the square of the Cathedral. Other events took place before the projections in Sens and Villeneuve-sur-Yonne - Photo Pierre Pichon

 

USEFUL LINKS

     
  • Discover our 11 main events in Sens and its surroundings;
  • Other events can be found in our calendar
  • Let you get inspired by our programmes "A day in Sens" and "A day in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne".