The underground rooms are also called
cellars or vaults.
These rooms, which their architecture reminds
to religious buildings, are sometimes built on two levels. They
are usually located under humble countryman houses or simple
buildings of farms built on place of disappeared buildings.
The decoration of their capitals seems to indicate the 13th
century , the prosperity age of Provins.
Opulent town owning to its
stretch out all the half of the year. Provins war a great
economical and bank centre which attracted a lot of
shopkeepers from all around Europe and from East.
All these underground rooms were used to store and to shelter the
harvestings, reaping, supply and wares. The rooms were also used
to shelter the weavers, the drapers and the potters who could be
more than 3000. These rooms could be also used as a shelter to the
inhabitants and the population from surroundings during eventual
These cellars are often the starting point of the