Photo of the day: The butcher’s tower, Paris, from church, to bullet factory to picnic spot!

This remarkable gothic tower remains where once stood the church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie, protecting the powerful and wealthy butchers’ corporation from the 16th to the late 18th century.

The church itself played an important role in housing pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. During the French revolution, it was demolished and used as building material while the tower remained. In 1824, it was bought by an industrialist to set up a lead bullet factory: the height of the tower, slightly more than 50 meters, was precisely what was needed for drops of melted lead to cool down and form shots!

Today, the Tour Saint Jacques remains a prominent landmark in the 4th quarter and stands in the first city park of Paris (1856) where it is very enjoyable to enjoy a picnic in the sun.

Marcella & Claire

Travel tips:

  • Check out this interactive map for the specific details to help you plan your trip and more articles and photos (zoom out) about the area!!
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