This 52-m Flamboyant Gothic tower is all that remains of the former church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie ("Saint James of the butchery").
The tower's rich decoration reflects the wealth of its patrons, the wholesale butchers of the nearby Les Halles market. The masons in charge were Jean de Felin, Julien Ménart and Jean de Revier. It was built in 1509 to 1523, during the reign of King Francis I.
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Saint-Jacques Tower rises from Parc del al Tour Saint-Jaques in the middle of Paris, just west of Place de Hotel de Ville and less than a mile east of Le Louvre. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was part of the church that marked the begining of the pilgrimage route leading to Tours and f Sant'Iago de Compostela in Spain. Formerly, the church contained a relic of the saint.
At the base of the tower is a statue of Blaise Pascal, commemorating his experiments and investigation into atmospheric pressure. Within the top of Saint-Jaques Tower is a meteorological laboratory.
Tour Saint-Jacque has recently undergone extensive renovations, which both proved the intricate carvings as Medieval and repaired some serious cracking to the top of the tower. The park for a time was closed, re-opening in 2009 offering the public once again access to this fine monument and tourist attraction.
Metro: Châtelet (M1, M4, M7, M11, M14)