Coordinates: 48°33′35″N, 03°18′01″E
||03° 18' 01" E
||48° 33' 35" N
||Provins (chief town)
communes du Provinois
||86 m–168 m
(avg. 91 m)
| - Density (1999)
|¹ French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > Medieal Fairs 1 km² (0.386 mi² or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
|² Population sans doubles Meideval Fairs comptes: single count of residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel).
Provins is a commune of France. Population (1999): 11,667, while 12,814 people live in Provins and the surrounding built-up area.
Provins, Town of medieval fairs, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
- 1 Administration
- 2 History
- 3 Sights
- 4 Economy
- 5 Miscellaneous
- 5.1 Births
- 5.2 Twin towns
- 6 External links
Provins sous-préfecture of the Seine-et-Marne département. It is the chief-town of the arrondissement of Provins, and of the canton of Provins, located in the south-east of the département.
Provins is not the largest city in the arrondissement of which it is the chief-town - that honor falls to Montereau-Fault-Yonne.
The arrondissement itself has 7 cantons, 125 communes and 112,020 residents. The canton of Provins has 15 communes and 20,996 residents.
Provins was once one of the cities putting on one of the biggest fairs in Champagne, when the city was under the protection of Counts of Champagne.
Provins is well-known for its medieval fortifications, such as the Tour César (Caesar Tower).
The Saint Quiriace Collegiate Church is located here. The Empress Galla Placidia is said to have presented Ancona with the relics of Judas Cyriacus. However, the saint's head was situated at Provins, which was brought over from Jerusalem by Henry I of Champagne, who built a church in this town to contain it. This still stands as the Saint Quiriace Collegiate Church, although construction work during the 12th century was never completed due to financial difficulties during the reign of Philippe le Bel. A dome was added in the 17th century, and the old families of Provins who lived in the upper town were called "Children of the Dome."
Provins has an important rose confectionery. This confectionery produces all sorts of food from roses, and its main specialties are rose petal jam, Provinean rose honey and rose candy.
Provins was the birthplace of:
- Marie Jules César Savigny (1777-1851), zoologist
- Dominique Ané, better known as Dominique A (born 1968), songwriter and singer
Provins is twinned with:
- Bendorf, Germany
- Pingyao, China
Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
- City council website (in French)
- http://www.provins.org/ (in French)
- http://www.provins-medieval.com/ (in French)
- Provins photos
- Pictures of Provins (German/English)
World Heritage Sites in France
|Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe | Amiens Cathedral | Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments | Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge | Belfries of Belgium and France (w/ Belgium) | Bourges Cathedral | Canal du Midi | Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve | Carcassonne | Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims | Chartres Cathedral | Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay | Le Havre | Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes | Lyon | Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay | Palace and Park of Fontainebleau | Palace and Park of Versailles | Paris, Banks of the Seine | Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance, Nancy | Pont du Gard | Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley | Provins | Pyrénées - Mont Perdu (w/ Spain) | Routes of Santiago de Compostela | Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the "Triumphal Arch" of Orange | Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans | Saint-Émilion | Strasbourg – Grande île | Vézelay, Church and Hill
Categories: Communes of Seine-et-Marne | World Heritage Sites in France | Subprefectures in France