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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