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Ancient city Provins, France

From series “The Most Interesting UNESCO Sites in France”
The historic city of Provins is located in the province of Champagne. Its entire territory is also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This merchant city was formed in the Middle Ages. About 11,5 thousand people live in it at present. The city was built on top of a small hill. One of the largest fairs in France was held on its territory annually in the 13th century. It is noteworthy that the population of the city was several times larger in the Middle Ages than today.

Ancient city Provins, France The merchant city lost its former privileges over time. Carefully preserved historical monuments are its main value today. Impregnable stone walls surround its territory today as well as many hundreds of years ago. They were built in the 13th century. The Church of Saint-Quiriace is one of the main historical symbols of the city. It remained unfinished.

The building of the tithe warehouse was built in the 12th century. A small museum is open in it today. Its visitors can admire a collection of medieval sculptures. Caesar Tower is a preserved fragment of medieval fortifications. According to recent research, it was built on the ruins of ancient Roman fortifications in the 12th century. The building of the former covered market is called Grange aux Dimes. The museum is also located in it today. It is dedicated to medieval fairs.

Roses have been one of the main symbols of the city of Provins since the Middle Ages. They began to grow here in the 13th century. The Rose Garden is one of the main city attractions today. Its area is about 3.5 hectares. More than 300 varieties of roses are grown in the rose garden. They usually bloom in June. Most visitors visit the city at this time of year. The Tea Room is located on the territory of the rose garden. It offers guests to taste unique desserts made based on rose petals. Traditional fairs are held in the city at the height of the tourist season. Their guests can buy interesting souvenirs and popular national delicacies. Next - Lagoons of New Caledonia

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Aux Vieux Remparts

Located in 2 km from Ancient city Provins
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Rooms: 40
Rooms are refurbished and comfortable and come fully equipped with modern facilities and refined, authentic décor. Many offer lovely town views. A … More: photo, rates and booking
Le César Hôtel

Located in 3 km from Ancient city Provins
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Rooms: 27
With a view of the church or the town, rooms at Le Cesar Hotel are all equipped with flat-screen TV, safety box and telephone, and newspaper and … More: photo, rates and booking
Gite le Moulin du Gouaix

Located in 7 km from Ancient city Provins
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The house features a terrace, living room with sofa bed and TV, ironing facilities and 2 bedrooms with a wardrobe. The kitchen includes an oven, … More: photo, rates and booking
Au Bon Laboureur

Located in 16 km from Ancient city Provins
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Rooms: 9
Each room at the Au Bon Laboureur has classic decor and includes a TV and a private shower. Some rooms have a balcony and a seating area. The hotel … More: photo, rates and booking

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Consider visiting Bois de Chigny. This park is a perfect place for a stroll. The park was made at the end of the XVIII century and still has its original look and design. There are many century-old trees and gorgeous alleys. Kees van Dongen, a famous painter, was the owner of the park at the beginning of XX century. Le Bicheret is one more gorgeous park nearby that is also an excellent place for a leisure stroll. It is an incredibly serene and calming place, so a walk there will restore peace of mind and good mood. There is one more amazing park at some distance from Bois de Chigny and closer to Marne-la-Vallée. It is named Parc culturel de Rentilly. This park is famous for several landmarks that are located in its territory.

Lac Buena Vista is a wonderful natural landmark located in the theme park. This is a beautiful lake that is perfect for relaxing, restoring peace of mind, and thinking about something eternal – the peaceful and serene atmosphere is perfect for such thoughts. If Lake Buena Vista is not enough, there are more beautiful lakes to explore. For example, Lac des Gassets that is located to the south of Disneyland. Not far from the lake, vacationers will find Parc des Communes, a fantastic place for a picnic or a stroll. To the north of Disneyland, there is Poneyclub Chalifert equestrian center where visitors can learn the basics of horse riding. Finally, it would be a mistake not to mention Jardin de sculptures de la Dhuys that never ceases to attract fans of interesting monuments.
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