The Eglise St.-Loup-de-Naud is 8 km away
This masterpiece of early European Sculpture is nearby. If you are in Provins by car be sure to see it. It is hard to realize that in the 12C Provins (today 12.5K pop) was the capital of Brie (and with a pop. of 80K) in which the Thibaults (Counts) resided and wrote poetry and sang. The rich churches here and nearby thus participated in the earliest evidences of Gothic experimental style in their construction. (Reims cathedral was only started in 1211). Due to their wealth, power and proximity, it was easy to commission the sculptors at Chartres to create more of the same for such monastery churches as St.-Ayoul and St.-Loup (and others); after all the West Facade at Chartres was finished by 1175. This priory church was started about 1100. The porch must have been added to protect the statues before they were delivered. (We have made St.-Loup pages).
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Stroll the river
Provins has two rivers but you might not know it from looking at them as they both appear to be small streams. One is La Fausse Riviere (the false river) which follows the line of the old city walls around the old lower town. The other runs through the lower town and is very narrow and contained within stone banks and is lined with picturesque houses and window boxes. Take a stroll along both and along the Boulevard d'Aligre beside the false river which is in fact the old moat ditch. You will see different views of the town as well as the surrounding countryside. You can also walk along and onto the ramparts in the upper town.
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