Sound and Light Show

Sites that have regular Sound and Light Shows.

Son et lumière, or a sound and light show is a form of nighttime entertainment that is usually presented in an outdoor venue of historic significance. Special lighting effects are projected onto the façade of a building or ruin and synchronized with recorded or live narration and music to dramatize the history of the place. The invention of the concept is credited to Paul Robert-Houdin, who was the curator of the Château de Chambord in France, which hosted the first son et lumière in the world in 1952.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Agra Fort since Feb 2011
Amiens Cathedral
Ancient Thebes Temple of Karnak
Angkor Angkor Wat (since 2006)
Ayutthaya In every December since 1991
Chichen-Itza Nightly show year round
Jantar Mantar
Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis Sao Miguel das Missoes (som e luz), San Ignacio
Khajuraho Group of Monuments
Loire Valley Chateau de Chambord
Malbork Castle In summer season, see link
Masada A show at 4 AM
Medina of Marrakesh At Menara Gardens
Museumsinsel (Museum Island) Every October there is the Festival of Lights which is also featured on the Bodemuseum.
Nubian Monuments There are shows at both Philae and Abu Simbel
Old City of Jerusalem Burnt House and Davidson Centre
Pyramids (Memphis)
Red Fort
Samarkand There is nearly every evening after sunset a light show at the Registan
Sun Temple, Konarak
Torun In the Copernicus house there is a "mini" S+L set in 1550
Uxmal The price of admission, if you retain the ticket, includes a 45-minute sound-and light show (h8pm summer, 7pm winter). (LP)


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