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After 5 Centuries, the Tour Saint Jacques is Open Again

Posted August 14, 2013 by

Tour Saint Jacques
Panoramic view from the top of the Tour Saint Jacques

After almost 5 centuries of being closed to the public, the fabled Tour Saint Jacques is open again to the public this summer.

Built in the 16th century, the tower has been closed to the public for most of its existence. However, after an extensive restoration process that began in 2000 and cost over 8 million euros, the tower's 300 spiraled steps are now open again for the summer.

While the climb to the top can be a bit arduous, and even claustrophobic, the stunning view from the top is well worth the walk. From the top, you can view some of the most legendary attractions in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Montmartre.

Go now! The tower is only scheduled to be open until September 15th (although locals are hoping to get that extended). Guided tours run (in French) on the hour, every Fri, Sat, and Sun from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Entry fees are a mere 6 euro. Reservations can only be made on the day of and are limited to groups of 17.

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