A general view of Provins from the north
Coat of arms
|Coordinates: 48°33′37″N 3°17′56″E|
|• Mayor (2017–2020)||Olivier Lavenka|
|14.72 km2 (5.68 sq mi)|
|• Density||830/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||86–168 m (282–551 ft) |
(avg. 91 m or 299 ft)
|Official name||Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs|
|Inscription||2001 (25th Session)|
|Area||108 ha (0.42 sq mi)|
|Buffer zone||1,365 ha (5.27 sq mi)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Provins is not the largest city in the arrondissement, but it is the seat. The largest town is Montereau-Fault-Yonne.
Provins is known for its medieval fortifications, such as the Tour César (the Caesar Tower) and well-preserved city walls.
The Saint Quiriace Collegiate Church is located here. The Empress Galla Placidia is said to have presented Ancona in Italy with the relics of Judas Cyriacus. However, the saint's head was situated at Provins, brought from Jerusalem by Henry I of Champagne, who built a church in this town to display it. It is still at 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." After the addition of the dome, however, no further restoration efforts have been made towards the church. The police station (2010) is a piece of contemporary architecture designed by Parisian architects Philippe Ameller and Jacques Dubois.
Provins has important rose cultivation. It produces all sorts of foods from roses, and its main specialties are rose petal jam, Provinois rose honey and rose candy. Provins also used to be a large producer of wine, with the medieval methods of wine making still being carried out by residents, and some vineyards are still being used to produce.
- Public preschools (maternelles): Coudoux, Raymond Louis, Terrier Rouge, Ville Haute and Voulzie.
- Public primary schools: Coudoux, Désiré Laurent, Marais, Terrier Rouge, Ville Haute and Voulzie.
- Public junior high schools (collèges): Jules Verne, Lelorgne de Savigny, and Marie Curie.
- Public senior high schools (lycées): Thibaut de Champagne and Les Pannevelles.
- There is a private preschool through high school, Institution Sainte-Croix.
Provins is the birthplace of:
- Marie Jules César Savigny (1777–1851), zoologist
- Edmond Nocard (1850-1903), veterinarian and microbiologist
- Maurice Hayot (1862–1945), violinist
- Dominique A (born 1968), songwriter and singer
- David Moncoutié (born 1975), retired road racing cyclist
Provins is the hometown of:
- Christian Jacob (born 1959), farmer and politician
- "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
- "Provins in the dark". Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Digest, The Reader's (1978). The world's last mysteries. Montréal: Reader's Digest. p. 303. ISBN 089577044X.
- les écoles maternelles. Provins. Retrieved on March 12, 2018.
- les écoles primaires." Provins. Retrieved on March 12, 2018.
- les collèges." Provins. Retrieved on March 12, 2018.
- les lycées." Provins. Retrieved on March 12, 2018.
- City council website (in French)
- Champagne and Brie in Medieval History of Navarre
- provins.net (in French)
- provins.org (in English)
- provins-medieval.com (in French)
- Provins photos (in English)
- 1999 Land Use, from IAURIF (Institute for Urban Planning and Development of the Paris-Île-de-France région) (in English)
- Ameller Dubois and Associates, architects of the Provins police station (in French)
- French Ministry of Culture list for Provins (in French)
- Map of Provins on Michelin (in English)