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Friday, August 3, 2012


Yesterday we visited Provins, a medieval fortified town about 1.5 hrs SE of Paris. The town was located at the crossroads of major European trade routes between Flanders and Italy. Twice a year, wholesale merchants would gather for trade fairs in the city. The area was known for its woolen goods and trade reached its peak during the 12th and 13th centuries.

The town is now known for its ramparts, Tower, and subterranean caves which were used to store and display goods for trade. 
Ramparts built between 11th & 13th centuries

Caesar's Tower

Vaulted caverns used to display goods

Diorama representing spice trader in the Grange aux Dimes
You can learn more about the town's history here.

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