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Address: 3 rue Saint Thibault, 77160 Provins, France
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+33 1 64 60 26 26
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10:30 - 17:30
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Mon - Fri 16:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Originally these galleries were used as a quarry to extract a special type...

Originally these galleries were used as a quarry to extract a special type of fuller's earth for degreasing wool cloth (the wool cloth had a renowned deep blue almost black color and was much in demand during the Middle Ages). Once the cavities had been dug out, they became hiding-places, storerooms and also meeting places for various gatherings - some freemasons. Graffiti inscriptions, including Masonic symbols, testify to this. Guided tour only with 25 persons maximum for your own safety and to preserve the undergrounds. To be booked when purchasing ticket at the Tourist Office or in the monuments (except museum).

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Fascinating maze of tunnels

The tour takes you under the houses in the lower part of the upper town. Tours must be booked at the tourist office at the top of town (only one open in September) and there were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 September 2016
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Northumberland, England
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Once underground there is no escape so one must listen to the most turgid of talks from a guide who droned on oblivious to the fact that most of her audience seemed to have switched off. We were longing for escape long before the tour was completed.

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Northumberland, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

The tour takes you under the houses in the lower part of the upper town. Tours must be booked at the tourist office at the top of town (only one open in September) and there were no tours in English. It is a fascinating trip into area that were used for storage and for freemason initiation among other things. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

A must see if you want to understand how worked the city in medieval times. Guides explain well the economy and history of this period

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

The caves/tunnels are interesting, but we didn't have any idea what was going on. I know that we were well outside of the tourist areas of Paris, but a taped guide that we could listen to in different languages other than French would have been great. The tour seemed super long when all we could do is guess at what... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

We spent the day in Provins, and after seeing other attractions, this one fell flat. We've seen basements in cathedrals, wine houses, and even in Provins. For this one, there was a 45 minute tour. However, it was mostly a talk by the guide. We only stopped at 4 places to see anything. NOTE: the guides only speak French. Since... More 

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

The history side is interesting but it was a long talk about it at the beginning of the tour!. They could have broken it into two parts, one at the beginning and shorter and one at the end. Be on a rubber or flat shoes. The surface is uneven and heels could be dangerous. I like the gothic and baroque... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

God Tour, the place is very interesting because you get to walk trough the souterrains where the people slept and stored goods etc hundreds of years ago, it is a nice place to visit and something you don't see everyday. There are tours in French every day and then some tours in English depending o the day of the week,... More 

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Temple, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

We bought the Provins Pass at the tourist office, which includes entry to the Tariff/Tithe Barn, the Cesar Tower, the Underground Gallery, and the museum for 12 Euro... great way to hit all the major Provins elements.It was a bit of a hike from the other activities, so make sure you get a map. Inside, a nice history on the... More 

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Louhans, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

This tour needs to be booked at the tourist information, when entering the city. As most tours were already fully booked we went for teh English tour at 14:30h. When we arrived, we realized they had cashed one ticket too many and the tour guide hardly spoke any English... As all people spoke French we liberated her and she did... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

The guided tour of these historical caves was worth taking, but only if you spoke French. English speakers were given an information sheet, but missed quite a lot in the process. The caves are dimly lit and the uneven ground might make footing difficult for some. I recommend bringing a small flashlight or using the one on your phone.

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