Located near the cathedral in an 18th-century outbuilding of the Hôtel-Dieu-Le-Comte, the Cité du vitrail, a service of the Aube Department, is located in the heart of Troyes, the historic capital of Champagne. While stained glass is sometimes difficult to access, at Stained Glass City, everything is at eye level.
For the first time, the proximity of the works is ideal to approach stained glass on all levels: aesthetic, artistic, scientific, historical and technical.
On 150 m², the exhibition route offers original works from the 12th century to the present day, lent for a few months by their owners (museum institutions, State, municipalities, private individuals, glass painter's studios, etc.). Among the stained glass windows on display are some monumental pieces up to 5 metres high, set in a sober and light scenography. The aubois glazed heritage is widely honoured, with notably masterpieces of the "Beau XVIe". The exhibition, animated and completed by mediation mechanisms facilitating access to knowledge, prepares visitors for their confrontation with the glazed heritage preserved in situ.
The Stained Glass City is growing!
This space, opened in 2013, prefigures the 2800 m² of the Hôtel-Dieu-Le-Comte which will be fitted out by 2021 in an unoccupied wing of the Hôtel-Dieu-Le-Comte, property of the Department. The various rooms will host exhibitions, a resource centre, a study and research centre and educational workshops.
Dawn in Champagne, European capital of stained glass
- Nearly 10 centuries of stained glass history, 12th to 21st century
- 9000 m² of glass roof prior to the French Revolution
- 2048 bays protected as Historic Monuments
- 1042 16th century and 1439 19th century bays, the two golden ages of the Aube stained glass window
- Stained glass windows in more than 200 churches and public buildings
- An art still alive: more than 150 bays created these last 20 years by prestigious workshops.
City of stained glass / practical
Closed on 1 May, 11 November, 25, 26 December, 1 January.
Closed at 16h00 on 24 and 31 December.
Final closure of the prefiguration exhibition on 31 December 2018.
In the town centre
The City of stained glass is located in the heart of Troyes. It is set in the barn
of the Hôtel-Dieu-le-Comte compound, a remarkable 18th century group of buildings.
25 stained glass works from the 12th to the 21st century are displayed on 150 m² with
the permanent exhibition, 10 centuries of stained glass at eye level…
The stained glass of Aube in Champagne is generously represented, alongside works
from other French departments and regions.
Likewise, civil stained glass asserts its presence alongside major religious heritage
Possibility to organize cocktails in the Hôtel-Dieu-le-Comte gardens.