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Location type: Tower
Location address: France, Ile-de-France, Paris
Number of texts: 2
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The Tour Saint-Jacques is the starting point for the chemin de Compostelle. From here, the road lead to Tours.

The Tour Saint-Jacques, a Gothic tower, is all that remains of the former church of Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie.

A statue of Blaise Pascal is located at the base of the tower, commemorating the experiments on atmospheric pressure, though it is debated whether they were performed here or at the church of Saint-Jacques-du-Haut-Pas.

The tower inspired Alexandre Dumas to write the play La tour Saint-Jacques-la-boucherie in 1856.

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Linked themes: Science, Literature, Pilgrimage

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Saint-Jacques Tower (Tour Saint-Jacques) is a monument located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, France, on Rue de Rivoli at Rue Nicolas Flamel. 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 butchery”), which was leveled shortly after the French Revolution.

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