If visiting Paris over the next few months, there's a new sight to see. While the sightseeing is new, the structure certainly is not. The Tour Saint-Jacques, a Gothic bell tower in central Paris, opened to the public last month for the first time since it was built in the early 16th century.
Only a limited number of tourists will get the chance to admire the surrounding panorama of the city's skyline from the 203-foot tower's roof: It's open for guided tours just three days a week until Sept. 15
To access the tower's roof, visitors must tackle 300 steps in a spiraling staircase- not a feat for the claustrophobic. But the view from up top is worth the effort.
Almost every Paris monument can be seen in a stunning 360-degree panorama: the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur, La Defense, La Tour Eiffel, and L'Opera de Paris. Baron Haussmann's meticulous city planning can be truly appreciated from above, with uniform tile roofs and avenues spanning in all directions.
There is a 6 euro ($9.89) entrance fee, and the tower is open from 10 am to 5 pm. The tower is near the Chatelet Metro on Rue De Rivoli.