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Stare in awe at the elaborate Gothic art and architecture of Tour Saint-Jacques (Saint Jacques Tower). Join a guided tour to learn about its history and climb to the summit for exquisite views over the rooftops of Paris. Built in the early 1500s, Tour Saint-Jacques is the only surviving remnant of the Eglise Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie, a church demolished in 1797. Major renovations in the 2000s helped to restore the tower to its original glory.
See the square-shaped structure rising to a height of 171 feet (52 meters) above a peaceful square and garden. Its opulent décor is a reflection of the affluence of the guild of butchers who commissioned the building of the former church. Famed French author Alexandre Dumas took inspiration from the tower for his theatrical drama La Tour Saint-Jacques.
Crowning the tower is a statue of St. James. Other artistic features include archways, carvings of floral patterns, gargoyles and sculptures of biblical characters. Inside the open-sided porch look for a statue of the physicist Blaise Pascal. Legends say that Pascal conducted barometric investigations at the tower.
Reach the lookout deck via a narrow 300-step stairway. Access is by guided tour only. Your reward for making the climb is a spectacular 360-degree view of central Paris. Spot the Eiffel Tower, Hôtel de Ville, Les Invalides, the Pantheon and the Seine, among other major landmarks. Hear stories about the church and tower. The church was a starting point for French pilgrims traveling by foot to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Find the tower in Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques, a short walk from the Châtelet and Hôtel de Ville metro stations. The square is a green oasis ideal for escaping the city’s tourist crowds. Notice a plaque honoring the poet Gérard de Nerval. Sit on a bench or the lush lawns, read, gaze up at the tower or watch people pass by.
Guided tours of Tour Saint-Jacques are available for a fee from June to October. Sign up in person or book in advance via the official website of Des Mots et Des Arts, a cultural agency for art and history tours.
This family-friendly Paris residence is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Pont Neuf, Sainte Chapelle, and Les Halles. Notre-Dame and Rue de Rivoli are also within 10 minutes. Paris Saint-Michel - Notre Dame Station and Pont Neuf Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ile de la Cite and Sainte Chapelle. Notre-Dame and Pont Neuf are also within 10 minutes. Saint-Michel Station and Paris Saint-Michel - Notre Dame Station are within a 2-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Centre, this residence is steps from Forum des Halles, Les Halles, and Rue de Rivoli. Centre Pompidou and Museum Georges Pompidou are also within 10 minutes. Paris Chatlet-Les Halles Station and Les Halles Station are within a 5-minute walk.
This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Forum des Halles, Les Halles, and Rue de Rivoli. Centre Pompidou and Museum Georges Pompidou are also within 10 minutes. Paris Chatlet-Les Halles Station and Les Halles Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canal Saint-Martin and Grands Boulevards. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and Grevin Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Paris Magenta Station and Gare de l'Est Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Centre, this spa residence is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Saint-Martin, Picasso Museum, and Place des Vosges. Grands Boulevards and Rue de Rivoli are also within 10 minutes. Saint-Sebastien - Froissart Station is only a 2-minute walk and Filles du Calvaire Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Forum des Halles, Centre Pompidou, and Palais Royal. Comedie-Francaise and Hotel de Ville are also within 15 minutes. Pont Neuf Station and Louvre - Rivoli Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in 12th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jardin des Plantes and AccorHotels Arena. Notre-Dame and Centre Pompidou are also within 2 mi (3 km). Paris Gare de Lyon and Paris-Gare-de-Lyon Station are within a 5-minute walk.