For the third consecutive year the the Saint-Jacques tower opens its doors to the public during the summer. It has for long been a pilgrim starting point. The St Jacques-de-Compostela has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, The 54 meters high tower offers a unique view of all Paris. This Parisian monument was erected in the early sixteenth century and can boast of being of a flamboyant Gothic style.
More than just a historical building
Besides being one of the most beautiful Parisian monuments, the Saint-Jacques tower also works as a weather station. And at it’s peak, the weather station ‘Montsouris Observatory’ uses it, who is as well providing data to ‘Météo France’.
Saint-Jacques tower © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Marc Bertrand
A sporting climbingLike the towers of Notre Dame, the ascent of the Saint-Jacques tower has to be earned! With 300 steps, the tower is a long climb, which is not something for people with vertigo, claustrophobia or people who suffers from heart problems. But once you get to the top, you will discover and see a unique view of the French capital, and at the corners of the terrace where you will see the carved symbols of the four evangelists. A climb which remains athletic and precious!
Open from June 5th to September 27th, 2015.
Wednesday to Sunday from 3:30p.m. to 6p.m.
Full price: €10 / Reduced price: €8.
Book your guided tour (in French).
Square of the Saint-Jacques tower
19, rue de Rivoli
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11) or Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14).