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Visiting Provins

A trip to the heart of the middle ages, just 1 hour from Paris. Experience life as it was in the capital of the Counts of Champagne. Special shows and events give insights into the life of the knights.

The magnificent medieval city of Provins offers a huge selection of sites to visit and events throughout the year.

Provins is listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco and is only an hour from Paris. This medieval city is one of the best preserved in France and has kept intact the memory of its past as ancient capital of the Counts of Champagne.

Provins possesses no less than 58 listed historic monuments and is a perfectly preserved medieval city with a rich and very homogeneous heritage.

Provins is a real jewel of the middle ages, well worth a visit. It is made up of an upper town (le Châtel) and a lower town (le val), filled within its walls with historic monuments. From its massive defensive walls, which in the past protected it from invasions, you will be enchanted by the romantic atmosphere of the city that has inspired the greatest of French writers, including Balzac, Hugo and Proust.

You will be surprised by the richness of its past. Charlemagne, Hugues Papet and Thibaud de Navarre – who when returning from the crusades brought back the famous Rose of Damascus that has become the city’s symbol – gave Provins its special charm that really should not be missed.

Places to visit:

  • The Cesar Tower
  • Place du Châtel
  • The ramparts and their fortified gates
  • Grange aux dîmes (tithes barn)
  • Hôtel-Dieu tunnels
  • Provins and Provinois museum
  • Provins rose garden
  • Guided tour of the Medieval city and video tour
  • Regional products and crafts house
  • Saint-Ayoul and Sainte-Croix churches, and Saint Quiriace’s Collegiate Church

Shows and events:

Historical shows

“The Age of the Ramparts”
(from April to July)

“The Legend of the Knights”
(from April to November)

“The Eagles of the Ramparts”
(from April to November)

“Taverne des oubliées” medieval banquet
(from April to December)

Events :

  • Amateur artists fair
  •  Antiques fair
  •  Gastronomy fair
  •  Living Inks festival
  •  Easter egg hunt
  •  Provins Flower Show
  •  Museum night
  •  Sound and light show (evenings)
  •  Provins Medieval Show
  •  Street Music Festival
  •  Through the Ages Light Show
  •  Open-air dance night
  •  Medieval Ball and dance lessons for beginners
  •  Harvest Festival
  •  Provins Middle Ages Prize
  •  European Heritage Days
  •  Art’ecetera exhibition
  •  Apple Juice Day
  •  Painting competition
  •  Organ grand recital for autumn
  •  Autumn second-hand goods market
  •  Provins Chocolate Days
  •  Race around the ramparts
  •  Saint Martin’s Fair
  •  Thelethon
  •  Christmas in Provins (Medieval Market, Living nativity scene in the style of Saint Francis of Assisi, torchlight parade, Nativity scene exhibition, Tales in the tunnels, Christmas Market and Ice-skating)

Culinary specialities:

  • La Riflette (delicious stuffed puff pastry slices)
  • All culinary delights based on the rose (sweets, rose petal confits, jams, syrups, etc.)
  • Regional cheeses

In the hope that this brief glimpse of the city of Provins has awakened in you the desire to come and visit, all the staff at the Cesar Hotel look forward to welcoming you and in advance wish you a pleasant stay in our beautiful medieval city.