Precisely what this intriguing network of underground rooms was used for is still unclear. It seems as though they were ... More
Souterrains (Underground Galleries)
Precisely what this intriguing network of underground rooms was used for is still unclear. It seems as though they were originally quarries, used to extract a particular type of earth to degrease wool, a product that would have been in high demand as the cloth industry was a major part of Provins economy during the Middle Ages. Subsequently, they have been used as storerooms, places of worship and even hiding spots. The lower vaulted rooms with their remarkable arches and stonework are worth checking out, and were probably used a hospital ward for paupers and as secure storage during the Champagne fairs. Check website for guided tour timings.
In 1851, Emperor Napoleon III commissioned the construction of a Jeu de Paume court (ancestor of tennis) in the Jardin
des Tuileries . With the arrival of outdoor tennis in 1947, the building was converted into a museum dedicated ...
The Ibis Provins hotel is located in the city centre, in a park, a short stroll from the Cite Medievale,
museums and historic monuments. You can explore the Tour Cesar, the underground area and Saint Quiriace church. Ideal for ...
The fortified medieval town of Provins is situated in the former territory of the powerful Counts of Champagne. It bears
witness to early developments in the organization of international trading fairs and the wool industry. The urban structure of ...
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