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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...

Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques

75001 Paris

District : Châtelet - Les Halles

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Opening dates for 2014 from 4 July to 28 September inclusive. Des Mots et des Arts offer guided tours for Paris City Council during this period. These visits will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
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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Architectural style

Late Gothic





Services and facilities of the establishment
Documentation in a foreign language

English, Spanish

Business area
Number of meeting rooms


Number of private rooms


Room rental


Entrance fees and modalities
Guided tour

€8 / €6 (students, job seekers, disabled people). Accompanied tour, every hour from 10am to 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Duration of tour: 50 minutes. By reservation only (online, on the website of Des Mots et Des Arts; by phone +33 (0) 1 83 96 15 05 from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday, and at the tower the same day). Only 5 people at a time. 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.

Group tour

Group size is restricted to a maximum of 17 people. Same booking procedure as for individual visitors.


Free entry during European Heritage Days.

Methods of payment
  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard
Opening times
Closing times

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Exceptional opening

15 August

Address details
Tour Saint-Jacques

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

Telephone : +33 (0) 1 83 96 15 05 - Fax :


Website : www.desmotsetdesarts.com


District : Châtelet - Les Halles

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