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Address: Rue de la Pie, Provins, France
Phone Number: 01 64 60 26 26
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Description: Built on the edge of a rocky spur at the beginning of the 12th century...
Built on the edge of a rocky spur at the beginning of the 12th century, the tower protects the former Earl’s Palace and dominates the valley. The tower is a potent symbol of power for the Earls of Champagne. The keep’s highly complex layout gives it a unique, massive and powerful appearance making it one of the most original stately dwellings of its time. The new scenography will take you back in time to give you a glimpse of the everyday life at the tower eight centuries ago. It used to be a watchtower, a prison, a bell-tower, and a place of military retreat. The keep offers a panoramic view over the town and its surroundings!
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Symbolic architecure in Provens

This tower can be seen from almost anywhere in the old city area of Provins. As it was built about 800 years ago, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the medieval age as if you are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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DCandFam
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

It was incredible to go up such steep steps, see such views and watch the video clips on the history. The bells were amazing to see -such size!

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Yokohama, Japan
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77 reviews 77 reviews
47 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This tower can be seen from almost anywhere in the old city area of Provins. As it was built about 800 years ago, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the medieval age as if you are brought back to those days when you lool it up nearby.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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200 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This old tower is an interesting visit. The main rooms are all empty, but you can climb to the top and see the bell tower, unfortunately the bells are coated in pigeon stuff. The passage ways up to the bells are really narrow and are a tight fit, so if you are claustrophobic, you may not want to go up.... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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225 reviews 225 reviews
164 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The tower is not huge, but it stands over a small hill, what creates an imposing look. The visit is not for people with claustrophobia or mobility limitations, as there are lots of stairs and some very, very narrow passages and stairs. I could barely fit in the top ones.

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Niskayuna, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
28 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Well worth the 4.30 euro entrance. The tower has a rich history which is available in many languages. There are a few video productions that are interesting. The tower stairs are quite narrow and give you a true feeling of what life here was like. It is dark in places also but that goes with the 1100's atmosphere. The views... More 

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San Francisco, California
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20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

If you like forts and towers this is not to be missed. You get to climb up and around and through well over 50% of the tower, which is far more than most monuments let you explore. The views are fantastic from the top, and not bad from the middle heights either. Built in the 12th century by the counts... More 

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Edinburgh
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Wonderful old building providing excellent views around the Town. A word of caution is required as the further you go up the more difficult it is to progress some of the steps are very narrow and at one point you had to traverse the stairs in near darkness. That said it was a lovely experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The tower is quite an impressive structure and it affords the best view imaginable of the surrounding area and demonstrates why Provins was such a market hub in the medieval period. However, I would advise against anyone who is unsteady on their feet, have toddlers or younger children from visiting as the stairwells are narrow, steps are uneven and there... More 

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Paris, France
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119 reviews 119 reviews
26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

We've been to this place and it did not exacly pleased us. The site is nice , but the only source of informatiom is the available videos. No writings, no photos, no objects.

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Yogya
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313 reviews 313 reviews
240 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The "castle" itself is quite hollow. But if you go with kids, then it will be fun for them. It is quite simple place, which has amazing view from the top of the "castle". I believe the view is the biggest attraction of this place. Overall it is enjoyable trip.

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