Fontainebleau pour Provins
offers trips to Provins from Fontainebleau.
Departures can be done any day by reservation.
The Traifs are calculated for 4 people.
Rates for 4 hours on the spot
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Town of Provins
Traces of occupation testify to a human presence on the site since the Palaeolithic.
Provins has benefited mainly from an advantageous geographical situation, used in particular by the Roman military. The latter had given him the name Agendicum, which was later misused for Sens at the Battle of Lutetia.
The first fairs take place in front of the church of Saint-Ayoul
In the year 485 and after his victory at Soissons, Clovis seizes the Roman castrum of Provins.
As early as the beginning of the ninth century, Charlemagne sent his missi dominici. Another proof of a major role: Provins hits his own money8 (the provincial denier).
At that time, Provins became the third largest city in France, after Paris and Rouen. Provins was in the Middle Ages one of the most important cities of Champagne when the town was under the protection of the Counts of Champagne. It is surely this period that left the most trace on Provins. According to the letters patent of Louis XII., The city retained its privileges, especially to attract foreign merchants. The King himself visited the town of Provins on 21 and 22 June 1479, before going to Dijon.
Nowadays, the traditional 11th November brawl, which takes place every year throughout the lower town, is reminiscent of these great fairs of yesteryear. This traditional fair was the Saint Martin Fair, which marked the start of the winter hiring season for seasonal agricultural workers. This fair is resumed in many cities of agricultural tradition.
In the tenth century, the city was much larger than today and had 80,000 inhabitants12. The National Medieval Book Prize: Provins World Heritage is awarded since 2007 to a book on a subject of the Middle Ages. The feast of the harvest, which succeeds the medieval festival, also testifies to the cultural richness of the country. It is celebrated on the last Sunday of August, and marked the end of the harvest of wheat, an important production of the land of the Champagne Brie - although today maize, beetroot and rapeseed compete with it. The chariots of the feast of the harvest are always decorated with wheat, evoking the harvest; On the other hand, a tarare is often used to project sound on passers-by.
Finally, the city of Provincie held its place in national history when, on August 3, 1429, at the center of his court and in the presence of Joan of Arc, Charles VII recently crowned, attended Mass in the Collegiate Church of San Quiriace.
During the Franco-German War of 1870, the city was occupied by the Germans and suffered numerous requisitions.
During the First World War, the German troops were arrested by the French 5th Army, which counter-attacked from 5 September 1914.