religious edifices for sale - seine-et-marne - provins

The outstanding vestiges of Saint-Thibault church, rehabilitated as a residence,
in the midst of the medieval town of Provins, classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco
, SEINE-ET-MARNE ile-de-france FR


Provins is 90 km from Paris. The train takes 1½ hours to reach Paris-Gare-de-l’Est. These vestiges of St-Thibault’s church, in the medieval section of the upper part of the town, classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco, have been converted into a home.


When Arnoul, brother of Thibault-de-Champagne, had several relics of the local saint brought back to him, the inhabitants of Provins decided to devote a church to the glory of he that was canonised; they did in fact have to wait until the 12th century for St-Paul’s to become St-Thibault’s. the church had a bell-porch with a hip roof. The majestic doors were probably adorned with a column-shaped statue of St Thibault on the central pillar. The Christ in Glory from the tympanum has since been moved to St-Quiriace collegiate church.
The townhouse, into which the old church has been transformed, spans three levels, excluding the cellar. A walled garden, spanning approx. 600 m², shelters it from all nuisances. There are two entrances; one from a square and one from a side street. It includes a chapel and a lock-up garage. The house can also be entered directly from the square.
Poet Pierre-Clerc, uncle to Johnny-Halliday, once lived here and his sister, the singer’s mother, also stayed here. This famous French rocker even recorded two of his songs “Que t'aime” and “J'ai un problème” in a house belonging to Jean-Renard just a short distance away.

The house

This house, constructed in 1812 from the vestiges of the 12th century gothic church, is built of stone, topped with a local flat tile roof.

Ground floor
The front door, in the facade on the square, opens into a through vestibule which leads to the garden. On the right-hand side, a lounge, with a fireplace and strip pattern parquet flooring, is followed by an adjoining dining room, with parquet flooring, a ceramic tile fireplace and a window overlooking the square. The kitchen, with its old-fashioned tiles, opens on to the garden and the chapel. A small corridor separates the reception rooms from the kitchen.
First floor
The first floor is reached via an internal stairway as well as via an outstanding external stone stairway, sculpted in the pediment of the old church and going up through the rockery and the roses. The landing provides access to a little lounge or study or ladies’ sitting room, slightly raised on a platform covered with strip pattern parquet flooring, as well as to a first bedroom and a bathroom with a toilet. These are followed by a second bedroom, with a small alcove.
The attic space, under a steeply sloping roof, has been converted into a study. It is reached via the internal stairway and via an external stone stairway, different to the one going up to the first floor.

The chapel

This chapel spans 20 m² and is currently ideally converted into a study.

The garage

This is an enclosed, lock-up garage.

Our opinion

There is nothing ordinary about living in a former house of worship. The vestiges here are sufficient to date the house to a specific time in history and sufficiently discreet such that their specificity merges into the robust old stone house. The current recourse to using religious furniture as part of the interior decoration does not have to be continued. The garden, where local Provins roses take pride of place, is absolutely delightful. While the church has not existed as such for a long time, a modest chapel has been built, like an allusion to centuries past. Once again, there is nothing ordinary about using it as a study as is presently the case. Adopting this residence would be to go one better than the mere opportunity of living in a world renowned medieval town.

495 000 €
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Reference 554073

Land registry surface area 603 m2
Main building surface area 160 m2
Outbuilding surface area 50 m2

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Seine & Marne

Corinne Angeli       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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