Tour Saint-Jacques

Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques - 75001 Paris

Châtelet - Les Halles - 1er Arrondissement

What's on?

The 2019 tours begin on June 1 and end on November 3. Consult the calendar on


The Tour Saint-Jacques stands alone in the middle of a little garden of the same 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 destroyed in 1797. This sanctuary was the meeting 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.

Architectural style

  • Gothique flamboyant

Documentation in a foreign language

  • English
  • Spanish

Entrance fees and modalities

Guided tour

€10/€8 (under 18s, students and job seekers).
Accompanied tour, every hour from 10am to 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (+lundi en juillet et août). Duration of tour: 50 minutes. By reservation only (online, on the website of Des Mots et Des Arts or at the tower the same day). Only 5 people at a time.
Information by phone +33 (0) 1 83 96 15 05 from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday, no reservation by phone is taken.
Access to the top (54 metres, approximately 16 floors) via a small staircase with 300 steps. It is not recommended for anyone suffering from claustrophobia or vertigo, those with difficulties walking or anyone with heart problems. Access is not permitted for those under 10 years.

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 (September 21 and 22, 2019).

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard

Closing times

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Opening times

From June 1st to November 3rd 2019: Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Exceptional opening

  • 14 July

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Tour Saint-Jacques

Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques
75001 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 83 96 15 05

  • Subway - Hôtel de Ville
  • Bus - 21, 38, 47, 58, 67, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 85, 96

Monument in the same district: Châtelet - Les Halles

Monument in the same arrondissement: 1st arrondissement

Monument in Paris and in the Paris Region: Monument

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