05 June 2022

Daylight in Paris - 1

La tour Saint-Jacques stands very close to the geographical center of Paris, and is just one kilometer north of Notre-Dame cathedral. It's all that remains of a 12th-century church that was called l’église Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie. The church was torn down in the late 18th century. The Saint-Jacques bell tower itself was built between 1509 and 1523.

I was lucky to be able to climb to the top of the tour Saint-Jacques in 2013 and take in the views from up there, 54 meters (177 ft.) above street level. It was open to the public for a few months in summertime back then, but it's closed to the public now, according to the Paris tourist office web site. Even if it were open, I wouldn't be able to make that climb again (about 300 steps). So I'm glad I did it nine years ago. The link just above will take you to some of the posts I wrote about it and some photos I took.


  1. Every time I’ve been there, it’s been closed but I always go in the spring or fall.

  2. Good photo. Aren't we glad we made those climbs when we could! Still am thankful for the things that I still am able to do.

  3. I walked/climbed up the Eiffel Tower! Not to the top tier, but 2/3 of the way, I think. I was 22. No way I'd consider that, now LOL.

  4. A milestone for many who walk the Camino to Santiago, incl. myself.


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