This tower is a remnant of the old 12th century fortifications surrounding the Ecusson and has been a listed Historical Monument since 1927.
In 1740, the States of Languedoc agreed to the construction of an observatory, a building that would be erected on the foundations of one of the rampart’s towers. As a result, the Tour de la Babote became an observatory in 1745, with the Academy of Science initially taking possession of it, followed by the Royal Scientific Society.
Fact or fiction: on 26 December 1783, one Sébastien Lenormand, inventor of the parachute, is said to have tested his invention by throwing himself off the building.
And then, beginning in 1832, the Tour de la Babote would be used by telegraph services.
Today the site is occupied by FAPAM, the Federation of Popular Amateur Astronomy in the Midi.