Provins

UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Provins is well-known for its medieval fortifications, such as the Tour César (Caesar Tower).

History

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.
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”.
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.
LINK : Official site of provins