France Tour Saint-Jaques

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Daniel McIntosh

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The Tour Saint-Jacques, a solitary Flamboyant Gothic tower standing tall in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, is an iconic piece of Paris's historical architecture. Once part of the 16th-century Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie, it now stands alone after the church was demolished during the French Revolution. The tower, reaching a height of 52 meters, was spared and has since been restored, providing a beautiful example of medieval architecture amidst the bustling streets of modern Paris. The site also marks the traditional starting point of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, underscoring its historical importance. Climbing its 300 steps rewards visitors with panoramic views of the city, making the Tour Saint-Jacques an enduring and evocative Parisian landmark.

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