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Architect Henri-Maurice Perreault's magnificent structure is one of the city's most beautiful and famous. View the exterior either from Notre Dame Street or from Champ-de-Mars, the pleasant patch of green-space to the north where Montreal's original fortifications once stood. The striking marble Hall of Honour, which is usually open to the public, contains portraits of every Montreal mayor. Other historical events have included Charles de Gaulle's vive le Québec libre gaffe and the like. Call ahead for more details.
Located behind the City Hall, this huge public space is a good place to relax, get a great view of downtown, and check out the remains of the old fortifications that surrounded the new city. Though the fortifications themselves were demolished in the 1820s as the city outgrew them, you can still see the pieces in the shape of two lines of stone. It's a fine vantage point from which to view the City Hall.
Apart from being one of the most historically significant places in the city, this square is also one of the city's most popular and lively. Watched over by Nelson's Column and lined with flowers and gardens, this is where artists, lovers, the hip and the semi-hip meet. It is also the port of entry for most visitors to Old Montreal. The best time to visit this square is in the summer, as it is then a car-free zone. Call or see the website to know more.
The historic city center is rich in museums, shops, restaurants and grey stone architecture spread out along narrow, cobblestone streets. It is also home to the Vieux Port attractions and lively public squares like Place Jacques-Cartier. Exploring Old Montreal means exploring the very heart of one of North America's greatest cities, a multi-faceted place where the past and the present come together in exciting and unexpected ways.
Thanks to the Our Lady of the Harbour statue atop its dome, made famous by poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen, this chapel is known as The Sailor's Church. Inside are original Édouard Meloche (1886) frescoes on wooden slats, and you can look out over the Old Port from an observation tower. The chapel underwent extensive renovations as well as archaeological excavation. The new interpretation center includes artifacts pre-dating the arrival of the New France colonists in 1642.
Named after the Champ-de-Mars Park near Montreal's City Hall, the Champ-de-Mars Station is a metro station located on Sanguinet Street. Highlighted by its unique architectural design, the station was established in 1966 as per Adalbert Niklewicz's genius. Various artworks that are housed within it set the station apart, these include Marcelle Ferron's exceptionally glorious stained glass windows. The Orange Line Station truly combines artistic expression and modern approach that form the microcosm of Montreal's history and progress.
This beautifully restored home honors the memory of George-Étienne Cartier, a prominent Montreal lawyer, father of Confederation and former Canadian Prime Minister. It is inhabited by a cast of tour guides dressed in period costume who are all versed in the history of the house and the era. All manner of educational activities should keep the kids busy: these include The Etiquette Game, which teaches children about 19th-century society; and What's Up, Mr Cartier? which focuses on the man and the house. Call +1 888 773 8888 toll free.
Located between the Notre-Dame and Berri Streets, the Dalhousie Station is a now-defunct station that was built in 1884. One of the oldest structures in the neighborhood, the station is claims to be the oldest remaining railway station in the city. Incorporated within the Dalhousie Square that built in 2004, the place joins two important Montreal neighborhoods namely, Old Montreal and Faubourg Québec. The Dalhousie Station is also known to play host to Cirque Éloize since 2004.
The Notre-Dame Street is a historic street running parallel to Saint Lawrence River. This beautiful street dates back to 1672, and has the prestigious city hall located on it. The street also used to have the Château Vaudreuil, Dominion Park and Montreal's Citadel.
Located in Old Montreal, the Rue de la Commune was originally named Rue des Commissaires as per the commercial complexes that once lined it. Overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, the street is home to many important tourist attractions like Montreal's Old Port and Pointe-à-Callière Museum. Stretching almost 1.5 miles (2.3 kilometers) in length, Rue de la Commune forms an important route of commute in the city.
With a choice of three separate tours including the Western, Central and Eastern areas, the Balade Tram covers the entire Old Port. It is a leisurely ride and you can get on and off as you wish. With the help of a knowledgeable guide, you will learn the history of such things as the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, the Bonsecours Basin, grain elevators, various markets, islands and the history of ship building.
The oldest existing building in the city of Montreal, erected between 1684 and 1687, this seminary stands as a testament to the Sulpician nuns, under whose stewardship the fledgling province of Quebec developed. Designed by François Dollier de Casson, salient features include the field-stone walls, lush gardens and the oldest church clock on the continent, itself a striking piece of work. The building is a sober piece of work, more an artifact of colonial pragmatism than a religious monument.