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(AP) It's a view of Paris that only a handful of people have seen in 500 years.


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 lucky Parisians and tourists will get the chance to admire the vast panorama of the French capital's skyline from the 177-foot (54-meter) tower's roof, though, because it's open for guided tours only three days a week until Sept. 15.


The City of Paris completed a 8.3-million-euro ($11 million), three-year renovation of the dilapidated limestone tower in 2009. It's remained closed until now as city architects debated how best to make the cramped, dizzying space safe for visitors.


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