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  • 1 Tour César Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Châtel

    A superb 12C keep that stands 44m high, flanked by four towers. It is the emblem of the town. The "shirt" that surrounds the base was added by the English during the Hundred Years' War (hence its name, "Pâté aux Anglais"). From th..

  • 2 Provins ramparts Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    allée des Remparts

    Built in the 12th and 13 C, the ramparts are a good example of medieval military architecture. Between Porte Saint-Jean and Porte de Jouy, you will see the most interesting part of the ramparts. The «Tour aux Engins» that links two courtyards is name..

  • 3 Grange aux Dîmes, Provins Interesting

    Museums and art

    chemin de Villecran

    A basic 13C construction with a military look. The Grange belonged to the canons of Saint-Quiriace, who rented it out to merchants during the Champagne fairs. It then served as a warehouse for tithes paid by peasants. An audio-guided tour, Provins au..

  • 4 Place du Châtel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This vast rectangular esplanade is surrounded by charming old houses: the Maison aux Quatre-Pignons (15C), Maison des Petits-Plaids (13C) and Hôtel de la Coquille; the remains of the 12C Saint-Thibault Church also stand here. In the middle of the squ..

  • 5 Église St-Ayoul Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Ayoul

    The mutilated central portal was completed by sheened bronze sculptures by Georges Jeanclos. The combination of these contemporary works with medieval reliefs is a great success. Inside, there are gold-plated marble statues, the somewhat precious Vir..

  • 6 St Jean Gate, Provins

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. St-Jean

    The squat 13C Porte St Jean is flanked by two spur-shaped towers that are partly masked by fortifications built in the 14C to protect the drawbridge. Since its restoration, it once again has its pepperbox roofing.

  • 7 Rue de Jouy

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de Jouy

    Extending the Porte de Jouy, this street islined with low houses with long tile roofs or protruding upper floors. The Caveau Saint-Esprit belongs to a former hospital that was devastated by fire in the 17C.

  • 8 Underground galleries, Provins

    Nature and gardens

    chemin de Villecran

    Provins has many underground passages (the ones you can see were dug out of a layer of tuff that shows at the base of the spur supporting the upper town). After entering the passages via a low-ceilinged and vaulted room that was part of the old Hôtel..

  • 9 Musée du Provinois

    Museums and art

    7 chemin de Villecran

    This museum is housed in one of the oldest houses in Provins, the «Romanesque House». In it, you will find an interesting collection of sculptures and ceramics, giving a picture of Provins art. Ceramics were developed in Provins thanks to underground..

  • 10 Collégiale St-Quiriace

    Religious buildings

    Construction of this church began on the initiative of Henri le Libéral in the 12C. The transept and nave date from the 13C and the dome from the 17C. A cross on the square marks the spot where the royal gate once stood.

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