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The John the Fearless Tower

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The John the Fearless Tower - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris

Located in the Les Halles district in the 2nd arrondissement, the John the Fearless Tower (Tour Jean-sans-Peur), a listed Historic Monument, is the tallest medieval civil tower in Paris. Dating from the 15th century, it is a remnant of the palace of the Dukes of Burgundy that once stood on the current Rue Étienne-Marcel.

A very fine example of medieval architecture, the John the Fearless Tower has retained its large spiral staircase, whose beautiful plant-themed vault, decorated with interwoven hawthorn, oak and hop patterns, is a masterpiece of French sculpture! On your visit, in addition to learning about the history of the site and daily life in the Middle Ages, you can also see the reconstructed latrines, which are the oldest in Paris.

Not far from the John the Fearless Tower (nearest Metro station Étienne Marcel), you can take a walk on Rue Montorgueil, a pleasant pedestrian shopping street dotted with old façades. Near the medieval tower, you can also stroll around beneath the beautiful glass roofs of the famous Grand-Cerf passage, one of the most impressive in Paris with its metal and wrought iron structure standing nearly 12 metres tall.

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