Immerse yourself into a breathtaking experience
that brings a sacred Parisian monument to life

Do not miss this extraordinary show !

Immerse yourself into a breathtaking experience
that brings a sacred Parisian monument to life

Do not miss this extraordinary show !

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Luminiscence in Paris

Art and technology in the service of heritage

Using art and technology to preserve and enhance the French cultural heritage

After welcoming over 90,000 spectators in the Cathedral of Bordeaux in
just three months, Luminiscence has found its way to Paris, and now illuminates the monumental
Saint-Eustache church. Experience for the first time a show that combines an immersive theatrical
journey, 360-degree video mapping, spatialized 3D music, and light projections in one of the most
beautiful historical monuments in Paris. The show enhance the Saint-Eustache church, delicately
revealing every architectural detail, from its imposing base to the top of its structure rising over 30
meters high.
Rooted in Paris since the 16th century, in the heart of the historic district of Les Halles, this
architectural marvel rivals Notre Dame de Paris with its extraordinary dimensions. Its unusual
architecture, a blend of Gothic and Renaissance styles, unfolds in all its splendor, bearing witness
to four centuries of history and innovation. Each projected image is a doorway to the past, a
luminous tribute to art and history, an awakening of the senses to the grandeur of a bygone era.

Art and technology in the service of heritage
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    "A marvel! Twice a night, from Wednesday to Saturday, Bordeaux's Saint-André Cathedral is decked out in splendid 360° colors."
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    "A fascinating musical and visual show, which allows us to learn more about the history of this monument."
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    "A huge sound and light show illuminates Bordeaux Cathedral"
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    "Breathtaking video projections awaken the sleeping soul of this architectural marvel"
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    "By skilfully blending art and technology in the service of heritage, Luminiscence takes visitors on a journey through time and the history of Saint-André Cathedral."

AN IMMERSIVE TIMELESS SPECTACLE

THE STROLL:

AN IMMERSIVE THEATRICAL JOURNEY

The Saint-Eustache church is deeply embedded in the history of Paris and, beyond that, in the history of France. It has been the stage for key moments in the lives of great figures, men and women, who celebrated both joyous and tragic events within its walls. Embark on a journey to meet illustrious characters who have shaped its legend: Molière, baptized there; Louis XIV's composer, Lully, who celebrated his marriage there; Moreau-Desproux, the kings' architect; the Queen of Hungary, a prominent merchant of Les Halles; the Duchess of Orléans, whose husband laid the first stone of the facade.

With these ghostly, humorous, mad, or tragic characters, immerse yourself in an enchanting mise-en-scène and admire the magnificence of this architectural masterpiece. The scenes will unfold in the beautiful chapels of the Saint-Eustache Church, showcasing the talent and creativity of those who contributed to making this place a true artistic sanctuary. Approach and admire the sacred treasures of classical art, with works by Rubens, Baltard, and Pigalle, coexisting with masterpieces by contemporary artists such as Keith Haring, John Armleder, or Raymond Mason. Experience a unique and unusual journey in a grandiose monument at the heart of Paris.

Artistic realization: Emersiøn Company

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THE NAVE:

A SEATED IMMERSIVE SHOW

Let yourself be transported by the voice of the guardian spirit of these sacred places for 800 years. Live a journey out of time. Immerse yourself in a 360-degree experience, where video, sound, and light come together to reveal the secrets of the nave, vaults, and choir, revealing the hidden treasures of this architectural gem up to 30 meters high.

Act 1 : Architecture and construction

Through the prism of the great builders, from the sketch of the first architectural sketches to the meticulous installation of the stained glass windows, this section reveals the secrets of the construction process.

Act 2 : Stained glass and light games

As the sun's rays refract through the stained glass windows, the beams of light from the sun continuously transform the perception of the building, in a majestic light ballet that evolves from dawn to dusk.

Act 3 : Acoustics and music through the ages

Through the ages, from the bewitching melodies of the Middle Ages to the refined compositions of the Renaissance to the contemporary harmonies, this part of the show brings a spiritual depth to the experience amplified by the exceptional acoustics of the place.

Act 4 : Universe and cosmos

As the light travels through space, it propels us to the far reaches of the universe, this act of the experience offers a weightless exploration, a plunge into the infinite in search of the cosmos and the stars.

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A musical journey through the centuries

A unique visual experience
Two distinct musical experiences

Standard show with

ELECTRONIC ORCHESTRAL MUSIC (3D SPATIALIZED DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK)

Wednesday to Saturday, except for special evenings with live choir and orchestra.

This experience is based on an electronic orchestral composition by Mvsicæ, specifically designed to be spatialized using a system of 22 speakers surrounding the audience comfortably seated in the nave. This 3D technological device offers a unique sound immersion that makes notes, voices, and percussion travel through the building, all in perfect harmony with the visual projections. This contemporary composition is inspired by the classical and sacred music that has marked the legend of the place through the ages.
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Exceptional show with

CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA LIVE MUSIC

Limited availability.

This exceptional experience is enhanced by the presence of a professional choir and a group
of 13 talented musicians including organ, harp, brass quintet, string quartet, and percussion.
They will perform in the choir of Saint-Eustache, taking advantage of the unique acoustics of
this sacred space, supported by a spatialized sound system. As the building illuminates and
comes alive, their performance will offer a captivating visual and auditive transformation. Under
the direction of conductors Alexis Duffaure and Bertand Causse, they will perform a repertoire
of classical and sacred music rearranged for the occasion. This journey will take you from tthe
Middle Ages to the present day with works by: G. Fauré, A. Vivaldi, G. Holst, G. Handel, G.
Fauré, C. Gounod and L. Vierne.
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Credits

Narration of the show - Augustin Jacob / Immersive theatrical journey - Artistic direction: Léonard Matton. Artistic collaboration: Aurélie Gendera, assisted by Jean-Baptiste Barbier-Arribe. With, alternating: The architect Pierre-Louis Moreau-Desproux & The guardian spirit: Dylan Perrot, Tanguy Vrignault. The Duchess of Orléans: Maïa Guéritte, Marjorie de Larquier. The Queen of Hungary: Valérie Français, Rita Tchenko. Lully: Maxime Bailleul, Xavier Girard. Molière: Stéphane Mercoyrol, Frédéric Rose. Production manager: Mathilde Gamon.
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Reviews

  • Marlène L.

    A magnificent, incredibly poetic show. The already beautiful church of Saint Eustache is sublimated by the lighting effects and soundtrack. We only wish it could have lasted longer.

  • Caroline C.

    An incredible, magical show, a journey through the history of Saint Eustache in sound and light.

  • Marie B.

    "Incredible" was the adjective I uttered right from the start. It was an incredibly sumptuous experience! Impossible to describe in words, it has to be lived and felt. I'd like to thank everyone who worked to make this possible.

  • Christina W.

    French and Parisian by adoption, I was delighted to discover the history of the church of Saint Eustache in this way, it was beautiful, very, very beautiful.

  • Timothée F.

    Superb, timeless sound and light show with a magnificent account of the history of the church and the Halles district.

  • Rolland G.

    It's a moment out of time, almost too short for our eyes.

  • Marc D.

    What a job to put on such a beautiful show with such extraordinary fluidity!

  • Lorene D.

    The lighting is incredibly beautiful, the music very moving, everything is sublime! And the narrator's voice... a marvel!

  • Lucie M.

    A moment suspended in time.

Practical information

  1. Date: From February 16, 2024
  2. Schedule: Tuesday to Saturday, 2 to 3 performances per evening starting at 7:30 PM
  3. Duration: Approx. 50 minutes (immersive theater + seated show in the nave). We recommend that you arrive 15 minutes before the time indicated on your ticket.
  4. Location: Saint-Eustache Church, 2 Rue du Jour, Châtelet-les-Halles, 75001 Paris.
  5. Age requirement: 4 years and over
  6. Tickets: Online booking is recommended and guarantees entry. However, it is possible to buy a ticket on site on the day of the performance, subject to availability.
  7. Prices: Starting at €14
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The location

Saint-Eustache Church

History: Built by François I as the equivalent of Notre-Dame on the right bank of the Seine, the construction of Saint-Eustache Church took over a hundred years. From the 17th to the 19th centuries, Charles David, Jean Hardouin Mansart de Jouy, Pierre-Louis Moreau-Desproux, and Victor Baltard were the architects of its portico, its ancillary buildings, and its first restorations. Saint-Eustache Church was frequented by both the people of Les Halles (marketplace) - merchants and artisans - and by key figures in French history. Molière and Richelieu were baptized there, Louis XIV made his first communion there, Lully and Sully were married there, while Mozart's mother, La Fontaine, and Colbert are buried there.
Address: 2 Rue du Jour, 75001 Paris.
How to get there:
  • Metro:
    • Lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14 (station Châtelet)
  • RER:
    • Lines A, B and D (station Châtelet - Les Halles).
  • Bus:
    • Lines 29, 38, 47, 58, 67, 69, 74, 76, 81, 85 (station Châtelet)
How to get there

SUPPORT THE RESTORATION OF THE SAINT-EUSTACHE ORGANS.

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Our commitment:

Luminiscence is committed to the conservation and enhancement of French heritage by donating a portion of its proceeds to the restoration of the organs of Saint-Eustache, which are part of our common heritage.

The restoration project of the two organs of Saint-Eustache Church already benefits from significant support from major patrons, but there is still a portion of the budget to be raised by mobilizing the generosity of the public.

THE GOAL OF THE RESTORATION

After years of intensive use, the grand organ now requires extensive restoration.

This project will focus on modernizing the note transmission, improving wind stability, and reworking the harmony of the instrument.

In parallel, a reconstruction of the choir organ must be undertaken, and the project envisions the possibility of playing both organs from the nave console.

Organizer's words

« Our mission is to preserve, transmit, and promote our history and heritage by valorizing iconic places that are part of our common heritage. We are proud to offer an artistic, immersive, and inclusive experience that allows the greatest number of people to discover the richness of our heritage, regardless of their age, culture, nationality, or religion. We hope that LUMINISCENCE will allow spectators to take a new look at Saint-Eustache Church in Paris by creating a unique emotional, memorial, and sensory connection. »

Romain Sarfati, Co-founder and CEO of LOTCHI.

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