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Sign: Paris - Gardens - Square Tour-Saint-Jacques


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Châtelet, 75004 Paris, France
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VILLE DE PARIS

Square de la Tour-Saint-Jacques
1856

Construite au XVIe siècle, dans le style gothique flamboyant, la tour est un vestige de l’église Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie, dont le nom fait référence à la proximité de nombreux étalages de bouchers. Détruite à la Révolution française, elle fût longtemps une étape incontournable pour les pèlerins se rendant à Saint-Jacques- de-Compostelle. Les statues, situées aux quatre angles, dont les originaux ont été réalisés par Rault en 1523, représentent Saint-Jacques-Le-Majeur et trois animaux symbolisant les évangélistes: l’aigle pour Saint-Jean, le bœuf pour Saint-Luc et le lion pour Saint-Marc. Euvre de Cavelier, une statue (1857) représente Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), qui aurait réalisé ici des expériences de physique. En 1836, la Ville de Paris acquiert ce vestige et Haussmann fait réaliser un espace vert, inauguré par Napoléon III. Le site a rouvert en 2009, après 3 ans de restauration. Le jardin a été restitué dans son esprit d’origine et adapté à la vie moderne.

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Sign in a series of signs placed by the municipality of Paris describing the history of the city’s gardens.

The garden where the monument commemorating the poet Gérard de Nerval is also located, was taken on the same day Click for a larger image

Translation of the text on the sign:
CITY OF PARIS

Square Tour-Saint-Jacques
Built in the 16th century, in the flamboyant Gothic style, the tower is a remnant of the church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie, whose name refers to the proximity of numerous butcher stalls. Destroyed during the French Revolution, it was for a long time an essential stopover for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. The statues, located at the four corners, the originals of which were made by Rault in 1523, represent Saint-Jacques-Le-Majeur and three animals symbolizing the evangelists: the eagle for Saint-Jean, the ox for Saint-Luc and the lion for Saint Mark. Work of Cavelier, a statue (1857) represents Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), who would have carried out physics experiments here. In 1836, the City of Paris acquired this vestige and Haussmann commissioned a green space, inaugurated by Napoleon III. The site reopened in 2009, after 3 years of restoration. The garden has been restored to its original spirit and adapted to modern life.

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