Medieval Fairs



Medieval Fairs in the news

Making it short but sweet 

Daily Telegraph - Jan 08 7:20 AM
A brief visit to the Côte d'Azur as a budget getaway? Why not?
Interstates provide easy access to Kansas festival 
Terre Haute Tribune-Star - Dec 30 9:39 PM
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival, one of the largest celtic fairs in the country, brags about being just 15 minutes and 400 years from downtown Kansas City. That’s because it is located off Interstate 70 and convenient driving distance from across Kansas and from Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Flower of the week 
Daily News - Dec 31 12:35 PM
Forget-me-nots belong to the genus Myosotis of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae. There are about 50 species in the genus category, and among them there is inevitably considerable variation. The forget-me-not is the state flower of Alaska in the United States.

Gilligan would be in heaven - Dec 24 5:42 PM
In medieval days, it was baked into cakes stamped with patterns and sold at street fairs. In Tudor times, English bakers would adorn ginger cakes with gold leaf.

- Medeival Fairs

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Coordinates: 48°33′35″N, 03°18′01″E

Longitude 03° 18' 01" E
Latitude 48° 33' 35" N
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Seine-et-Marne
Arrondissement Provins
Canton Provins (chief town)
Intercommunality Communauté de
communes du Provinois
Mayor Christian Jacob
Altitude 86 m–168 m
(avg. 91 m)
Land area¹ 14.72 km²
 - Density (1999) 793/km²
INSEE/Postal code 77379/ 77160
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.


Tour César in Provins

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."[1]


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

Twin towns

Provins is twinned with:

  • Bendorf, Germany
  • Pingyao, China

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
  • City council website (in French)
  • (in French)
  • (in French)
  • Provins photos
  • Pictures of Provins (German/English)
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