The Saint-Jacques tower is located in the heart of Paris, 4th arrondissement: a vivid neighborhood. The building, as much as the square it is placed in, was part of a restauration campaign between 2006 and 2008.

This Bell tower in a gothic style is 54 meter-high and was erected at the beginning of the 16th century. It is a historical building of primary importance: the Saint-Jacques tower is the last vestige of the church Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie, a former pilgrimage place founded by Charlemagne and destroyed during the Revolution. In 1998 the tower was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site as a part of the Santiago de Compostela routes.

Nevertheless, this construction is not very well-known. Its configuration does not allow regular visiting hours –  organized only on weekends from July to September. Tourists and inhabitants must admire from afar the gargoyles and sculptures delicately carved that surround the upper parties of the tower. As for the statue of Saint-Jacques – a 3.80m high sculpture overlooking the tower – it is almost invisible to the eye of the passerby. In partnership with Paris City Hall and Cornis, Iconem held an operation to bring out its beauty. The obtained data could allow the organization of digital immersive visits.

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The teams of the two companies first digitized the tower, thanks to the powerful sensors of Cornis and to Iconem’s drone. Those two shooting techniques have permitted to take a high volume of pictures with multiple angles. The images have then been retreated to produce a 3D reconstitution.

This reconstitution reveals the beauty and complexity of this fine architectural work and make it more accessible to Parisians and tourists alike.


Projet mené par Iconem et Cornis avec le soutien de la Mairie de Paris et Paris and Co.