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Tour Saint-Jacques

Tour Saint Jacques, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

The Tour Saint-Jacques stands alone in the middle of a little garden that bears its name. A tower in the flamboyant...

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Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques

75001 Paris

District : Châtelet - Les Halles

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Special opening of the tower from 5 July to 15 September 2013. Accompanied tour, every hour from 10am to 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Duration of tour: 50 minutes. Reservations must be made on site (corner of rue de Rivoli and rue Sébastopol), at the foot of the Tour Saint-Jacques, on the tour days from 9.30am for the same day. Each person can reserve three places.
Access to the top (54 metres, approximately 16 floors) via a small staircase with 300 steps. It is not recommended for those suffering from claustrophobia or vertigo and access is not permitted to those under 10yrs.
Description
The Tour Saint-Jacques stands alone in the middle of a little garden that bears its name.
A tower in the flamboyant Gothic style, built between 1509 and 1523, the Tour Saint-Jacques is the only remaining vestige of the Eglise Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie built in 1797. This sanctuary was the departure point on the Via Toronensis (or Tours route) of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle). The statue of Blaise Pascal, at the base of the tower, is a reminder that it was here that he repeated his barometric experiments carried out in Puy-de-Dôme.
On the north-west corner, a statue of Saint Jacques le Majeur dominates the platform on which a small meteorological station was established in 1891. It belongs to the Observatoire de Montsouris. The sculpted symbols of the four evangelists (the lion, bull, eagle and man), appear on the corners. These statues were restored during the last century, along with the gargoyles and the 18 statues of saints that decorate the walls of the tower.
Tour Saint Jacques, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Tour Saint Jacques

© OTCP - Marc Bertrand

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€6 / €3 (students, job seekers, disabled people). Accompanied tour, every hour from 10am to 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Duration of tour: 50 minutes. Reservations must be made on site (on the corner of rue de Rivoli and rue Sébastopol), at the foot of the Tour Saint-Jacques, on tour days from 9.30am for the same day. Each person can reserve up to 3 places. Access to the top (54 metres, approximately 16 floors) via a small staircase with 300 steps. It is not recommended from those suffering from claustrophobia or vertigo. Access is not permitted for those under 10yrs.

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Free entry during European Heritage Days.

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Tour Saint-Jacques

Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques
75001 Paris
GPS : 48.8578789 / 2.34828379999999

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District : Châtelet - Les Halles

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