Climb up the Tour Saint-Jacques and discover Paris

From June 1 to November 4, 2018, the mystic Tour Saint-Jacques, set within walking distance from Paris Hôtel de Ville, opens its doors to unveil its secrets. Last year guided tours welcomed over 5,000 visitors to discover this 54-m high tower of a medieval church featuring 300 steps.

From June 1 to November 4, 2018, Paris takes its heritage up again by unveiling the Tour Saint-Jacques: this medieval tower built between 1509 and 1523, has been the Saint-Jacques church tower, starting point from pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela.

Tour Saint Jacques

Built in Gothic style, featuring gargoyles and other decorative molding including the very hard bench called the “Liais” made of stone from the Saint-Leu (Oise) quarry. The Tour Saint-Jacques is located in full heart of Paris city, at the crossroads between several shopping streets: Rue Saint-Denis, Rue Saint-Martin and Rue des Ecrivains (current Rue des Rivoli).

We discover a tower full of history which has been the place for Pascal Blaise’s experiments, including the statue sculpted by Pierre Jules Cavelier in 1856 that remains in the square, as well as a jigger factory from 1824 to 1836.

Tour Saint Jacques

Tour Saint Jacques

The tower has been subjected to several development projects from the City in the 19th century. In 1853, historian N.—M Troche suggests turning it into a tower clock. Paris includes then Montsouris meteorological municipal observatory until 1898.

Finally, since 2014, Paris entrusted the Des Mots et des Arts agency to organize guided tours of the Tour Saint-Jacques, the goal of which is to perpetuate Parisian heritage future. The association offers to discover this medieval remains in an exceptional manner thanks to 45-minute long guided tours that will make you climb 54 meters up at the heart of Paris.

Elodie D.
Last updated on 24 May 2018

Practical information

Opening Time
From 1 June 2018 to 30 November 2018



    Square Saint-Jacques
    75004 Paris 4

    -18ans, étudiants et chômeurs: 8 €
    tarif normal: 10 €

    Recommended age
    From 12 to 80 years old

    Average duration
    1 h

    Official website

    More information
    Horaires : 10h-18h les vendredis, samedis et dimanches - départ des visites toutes les heures
    Prévoir de bonnes chaussures, 300 marches et 54m à gravir !
    Accès interdit aux moins de 10ans et aux personnes cardiaques

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