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Tower Saint Jacques

The Tower Saint Jacques is one of the buildings in Paris that I most admire, definitely unique stands alone in the middle of the busy city, when you last expect something, a huge late gothic tower about 52 meters high.

I took advantage of a beautiful morning for a series of photos with my telephoto lens, I must say I was amazed by the good definition, considering how far the gargoyles were.

Photo gallery: Tower Saint Jacques

The Tower was built between 1508 and 1523 as part of Saint Jacques de la Boucherie church, now disappeared. According to the Chronicle of Turpin, the church was founded by Charlemagne this has earned to the Tower Saint Jacques a membership in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 1648 the French mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal conducted experiments on atmospheric pressure and density of air, it was built a statue located at the base of the tower to commemorate him.

The church was demolished in 1793, during the French Revolution, while the bell tower was preserved because was considered of great architectural value.

The Tower Saint Jacques was subject to huge restoration in 1937 in 2005 and 2009, which revealed that many of the decorations that exist today are not the result of nineteenth-century restoration, but date back to late medieval.

A statue of Saint Jacques le Majeur dominates the platform on which the tower is installed.
The four corners of the building are adorned with symbols (the lion, the bull, the eagle the man).
The walls of the tower are decorated with eighteen statues of saints and many gargoyles.

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