Tour Saint-Jacques

Saint-Jacques Tower perspective view from Nicolas Flamel Street in Paris (France, 2020)


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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.

Source: Wikipedia

Location Saint-Jacques Paris