Provins is a Mecca of medieval architecture, one of the best preserved in France. Provins absolutely deserves a visit. Since 13 December 2001, Provins is listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, in view of the many monuments remained virtually untouched since the Middle Ages. Protected by impressive ramparts, Provins is the ancient capital of the Counts of Champagne. Previously (before the fourteenth century), it has built its prosperity through trade fairs. Merchants from all over Europe used to meet in Provins.
Today, several times a year, Provins commemorates its medieval past by colorful festivals.
The medieval city of Provins is only a 45 minutes easy drive from our bed and breakfast Le Clos de la Rose
In June, the massive ramparts of Provins welcome the medieval festival
Provins is famous for the many events about Middle Ages
The Caesar Tower is an impressive and unique medieval dungeon. It has become the emblem of the city of Provins. We must get into the Tour César to realize the tremendous thickness of the walls of the dungeon of the Counts of Champagne ... The Caesar Tower was built at the beginning of the twelfth century. In 1137 it is mentioned in a charter. Among its many functions: a place of refuge in case of attack, a watchtower and even a jail. Viewed from the top of the Tour César, the streets and squares of the upper town of Provins have hardly changed since the Middle Ages and the time of the Knights ... From up there, you'll have a beautiful view of the surroundings.
Other witnesses of the fortifications of the Middle Ages, the city walls are still massive. This is where the shows of falconry are held.
The Caesar Tower seen from the main square in the medieval upper town of Provins
Provins is famous for its many beautiful and monumental cellars. In the Middle Ages they were used for storing the goods sold during the trade fairs.
Main square of the medieval party of Provins
Music and dances like in the Middle Ages