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La Tour Cesar

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Address: Rue de la Pie, Provins, France
Phone Number: 01 64 60 26 26
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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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A real medieval tower

Not expensive to get in and has informative videos on the walls. We went on a late November morning, very cold, so hardly anyone was around which added to the atmosphere. Narrow... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not expensive to get in and has informative videos on the walls. We went on a late November morning, very cold, so hardly anyone was around which added to the atmosphere. Narrow passages up to the belfry, just watch out for all the pigeon crap that is all over the place and even on the bells. Worth a look and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We should have checked the website before going as we were very keen to see the 'eagles on the ramparts' show. It had stopped a just few days before which was a bit disappointing. However on a bright sunny day in November (how lucky were we?) this is a super place to visit. Touristy, yes, but not tacky, and beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In a quick walk around the town, this was the only place I actually went into. I went in mainly to go up for the view, but it was better than that, with a number of interesting displays as you pass up the building. The main hall is very dark with an atmospheric audio visual display - disconcertingly dark when... More 

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Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

The Tour César is a twelfth century watchtower occupying an elevated position in the upper town of Provins. The edifice has a square base but an octagonal body, with four corner towers alternating with lookout platforms. A surrounding masonry wall is added in the fifteenth century. The Tour is a priceless example of medieval military architecture. Its layout has however... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We went to Provins after a day of wall to wall queuing with a zillion tourists in the scorching summer heat at Versailles. Basically it was an escape-and-breathe plan. And oh the contrast... Provins is a picturesque, relatively sleepy, medieval town, 90 mins on the train from Paris. We had a picnic, wandered about, climbed the tower and took pics,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is certainly worth nebulous climb to the bell tower. This will provide an excellent view in all directions. There aren't that many steps, but be careful if you're an old fart like us.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Caesar's Tower overlooks and dominates Provins, providing beautiful views of the town and the countryside. Largely empty, the Tower's bells on the top floor still remain. To reach the bells, the steps are narrow, uneven and steep - so caution, they are a challenge. However, it is very much worth the visit and the views!

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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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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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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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