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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.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ile de la Cite and Sainte Chapelle. Notre-Dame and Sorbonne University 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 Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place de Clichy, La Machine du Moulin Rouge, and Theatre Mogador. Galeries Lafayette and Boulevard Haussmann are also within 15 minutes. Liege Station and Place de Clichy 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 is only a 4-minute walk and Gare de Lyon Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville, Centre Pompidou, and Notre-Dame. Forum des Halles and Place de la Bastille are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hôtel de Ville Metro Station is only a 2-minute walk and Chatelet Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Paris City Center, this romantic hotel is steps from Theatre du Chatelet, Les Halles, and Rue de Rivoli. Conciergerie and Ile de la Cite are also within 5 minutes. Chatelet Station is only a 2-minute walk and Pont Neuf Station is 4 minutes.
Located in 12th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canal Saint-Martin, AccorHotels Arena, and Opera Bastille. Place de la Bastille and Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital are also within 1 mi (2 km). Paris-Gare-de-Lyon Station and Paris Gare de Lyon are within a 2-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 Hotel de Ville are also within 10 minutes. Paris Chatlet-Les Halles Station and Les Halles Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Saint-Sulpice Church, Orsay Museum, and Palais Royal. Le Bon Marche and Ile de la Cite are also within 15 minutes. Saint-Germain-des-Pres Station is only a 4-minute walk and Rue du Bac Station is 6 minutes.