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Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 2nd millennium
Date of Inscription: 2001
Location: Europe, France, Ile-de-France, Département of Seine-et-Marne
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Description: Lying in the former territory of the powerful Counts of Champagne is the fortified medieval town of Provins. It testifies to early advance in the organization of international trading fairs and the wool industry. Provins has managed to preserve its urban structure to this day, initially having been built purposely to host the fairs and their related activities. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  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. Provins is well-known for its medieval fortifications, such as the Tour César (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 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. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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