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Official Unesco Page
Mairie de Provins
Provins Medieval town

Basis Data:
Unesco World heritage since: 2001
Size of heritage: 108 ha
- Buffer zone: 1,365 ha

Longitude: 3,299°
Latitude: 48,560°


The fortified medieval town of Provins is situated in the former territory of the powerful Counts of Champagne. It bears witness to early developments in the organization of international trading fairs and the wool industry. The urban structure of Provins, which was built specifically to host the fairs and related activities, has been well preserved.

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Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs: A Glimpse into France's Rich History

Located in the Department of Seine-et-Marne in the Ile-de-France region of France, Provins is a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers visitors a captivating journey back in time to the medieval era. Known as the "Town of Medieval Fairs," Provins is a living testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of France.

Ancient Origins and Historical Significance

Provins traces its origins back to the Gallo-Roman era, when it served as an important trading center due to its strategic location between the Champagne and Brie regions. The town flourished during the Middle Ages, becoming a key hub for commerce and cultural exchange.

During the 12th and 13th centuries, Provins gained immense wealth and influence as it hosted one of the most renowned fairs in Europe. These fairs attracted merchants from all over the continent, fostering economic growth and cultural exchange. The prosperity of Provins during this period is evident in its architectural marvels, such as the impressive city walls, the Saint-Quiriace Collegiate Church, and the Caesar Tower.

Architectural Marvels

Provins boasts a remarkable collection of well-preserved medieval architecture, which provides a glimpse into the town's glorious past. The city walls, constructed in the 12th century, encircle the entire town and stretch for over 1.2 kilometers. These fortifications, complete with watchtowers and gates, are a testament to Provins' strategic importance during medieval times.

The Saint-Quiriace Collegiate Church, dating back to the 12th century, is another architectural gem in Provins. Its stunning Gothic design and intricate stained glass windows showcase the craftsmanship of the era. Visitors can also explore the Caesar Tower, a 12th-century keep that offers panoramic views of the town and surrounding countryside.

Preservation and Tourism

Recognizing the historical and cultural significance of Provins, the French government took measures to preserve and protect the town. In 2001, Provins was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, ensuring its safeguarding for future generations.

Today, Provins attracts visitors from around the world who come to experience its medieval charm. The town hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including the famous Medieval Festival, where the streets come alive with knights, troubadours, and artisans, recreating the vibrant atmosphere of the medieval fairs.

Visitors can explore the well-preserved historic center, stroll along the cobbled streets, and visit the numerous museums and exhibitions that showcase the town's rich heritage. The Underground Galleries, a network of tunnels and cellars, provide a fascinating insight into the daily life of medieval Provins.

Provins, the Town of Medieval Fairs, offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the captivating history of France. Its architectural marvels, vibrant festivals, and well-preserved heritage make it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and cultural explorers alike.

Hotels and places to stay

Le César

Distance: 0,1 mi
Rue Sainte Croix 13
77160 Provins

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Checkout: 12:00 - Checkin: 14:00
Weekday: 0:00 - 24:00
Weekend: 0:00 - 24:00

Hostellerie aux Vieux Remparts Relais du Silence

Distance: 0,6 mi
3, rue Couverte - Cite Medieval
77160 Provins

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Checkout: - Checkin:
Weekday: -
Weekend: closed

ibis Provins

Distance: 0,8 mi
77, Avenue du Général de Gaulle

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Checkout: 12:00 - Checkin: 12:00
Weekday: 0:00 - 24:00
Weekend: 0:00 - 24:00

Maison d'Hôtes Stella Cadente

Distance: 0,4 mi
8 Rue Maximilien Michelin
77160 Provins

Time Information

Checkout: 11:00 - Checkin: 14:00
Weekday: -
Weekend: closed

Videos from the area

Provins - France

Published: April 10, 2014
Length: 39:26 min
Rating: 5 of 5
Author: Travel And Discover

Provins is well known for its medieval fortifications, such as the Tour César (the Caesar Tower) and well-preserved city walls. The Saint Quiriace Collegiate Church is located here. The Empress...

Les Medievales des Provins

Published: June 15, 2014
Length: 59:34 min
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Sergiu Balan


Fête de la moisson à Provins 26 août 2012

Published: September 23, 2012
Length: 48:44 min
Rating: 5 of 5
Author: CommuneLibreProvins

Fête de la moisson à Provins, 42ème édition, 26 août 2012 - Réalisation Studio Zola. Copyright: Commune Libre de la Ville Haute de Provins.

Tour de France à Provins en 2010

Published: July 18, 2014
Length: 07:53 min
Rating: 0 of 5
Author: Le Logis de la Voulzie

Passage du Tour à Provins lors de l'édition 2010. A toute allure à travers les rues, et une maginifique vue aérienne de la ville.

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