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Provins Coat of Arms
Provins (France)
region Île-de-France
Department Seine-et-Marne
Arrondissement Provins
Canton Provins (main town)
Community association Provinois
Coordinates 48 ° 34 '  N , 3 ° 18'  E Coordinates: 48 ° 34 '  N , 3 ° 18'  E
height 86-168 m
surface 14.72 km 2
Residents 11,844 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 805 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 77160
INSEE code

Half-timbered houses in the upper town

Provins , pronunciation: [pʁo.vɛ], is a French municipality with 11,844 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Seine-et-Marne in the region Ile-de-France . It is the administrative seat of the Arrondissement Provins and the Canton of Provins . It is a member and seat of the Communauté de Communes du Provinois and is located on the Voulzie River .


Provins is first mentioned in a document in 802, but is probably much older. However, the first military fortifications also date from this time. Since Provins was at the crossroads of important trade routes (north-south and east-west), one of the largest markets in the country took place here in the Middle Ages (especially 9th to 13th centuries). What happened in the Grange aux Dîmes can still be seen today . The city was then under the protection of the Counts of Champagne .


See also: List of Monuments historiques in Provins

Provins was as Ville d'art and history classified and since 2001 on the UNESCO - list of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity entered. The city wall, which was built between 1226 and 1314, is 1200 meters long and has 22 towers.

Tour César, (12th century)
  • Saint-Ayoul church (the remains of which were found here in 996)
  • Collégiale Saint-Quiriace (12th century)
  • Tour Notre-Dame-du-Val (1544)
  • Sainte-Croix church
  • Hostellerie de la Croix d'Or, is the oldest hotel in France, currently a restaurant; the facade has remained unchanged since the house was built (1264–1270).
  • Hôtel du Vauluisant (13th century)
  • Tour César (12th century); The only octagonal donjon on a square plan (located on a hill), was used at the time for fortifications, as a prison and a lookout tower.
  • Maison novels
  • Grange aux dîmes
  • Couvent des Cordeliéres

The underground of the old town is interspersed with medieval corridors that can be visited. You play a role in Umberto Eco's novel The Foucault Pendulum .

Provins is considered the capital of rose processing: Here you can get rose jam ( confiture de pétales de rose ), rose honey ( miel à la rose de Provins ) and rose sweets. In 1239, Thibaud IV de Champagne (1201–1253) brought the famous Damas rose from a crusade . Many other types of roses emerged from her through crossings.


Town twinning

Provins has a city ​​partnership with Pingyao in China


  • Le Patrimoine des Communes de la Seine-et-Marne. Flohic Editions, Volume 1, Paris 2001, ISBN 2-84234-100-7 , pp. 1249-1265.

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