Saint-Jacques Tower perspective view from Nicolas Flamel Street in Paris (France, 2020)
SONY FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
43mm ƒ/10 1/125s ISO 100
6000 × 4000 px / 300 dpi
The Tour Saint-Jacques is a monument located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. This 52-metre (171 ft) Flamboyant Gothic tower is all that remains of the former 16th-century Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie (“Saint James of the butchers”), which was demolished in 1797, during the French Revolution, leaving only the tower.
The legend tells that the Tour Saint-Jacques was saved from destruction during the Revolution because Blaise Pascal had carried out experiments on gravity from the roof. A statue of Blaise Pascal is also located at the base of the tower, commemorating his experiments on atmospheric pressure.
What remains of the destroyed church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie is now considered a national historic landmark.