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A magnolia tree and a bed of crocuses bloom in the hesitant spring sunshine in the garden of the Tour Saint-Jacques in Paris.

Tour Saint-Jacques is a monument located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, France, on Rue de Rivoli at Rue Nicolas Flamel. The 52-metre (171 foot) 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 levelled shortly after the French Revolution.

The tower's rich decoration reflects the wealth of its patrons, the wholesale butchers of the nearby Les Halles market. The masons in charge were Jean de Felin, Julien Ménart and Jean de Revier. It was built in 1509 to 1523, during the reign of King Francis I. With a dedication to Saint James the Great, the ancient church and its landmark tower welcomed pilgrims setting out on the road to Tours and the way of St James, which led to the major pilgrimage destination of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

The church, with the exception of the tower, was demolished in 1793; preservation of the tower was a condition of the contract by which the church was bought for the value of its building materials. In 1824 it was being used as a shot tower to make small shot. It was repurchased by the City of Paris in 1836 and declared a Monument Historique in 1862. A statue of the saint was installed on the top of the tower during the 19th century.

It has been restored on several occasions, most recently in 2008/09.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the above.

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