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col_kreji wrote a review Mar. 2020
9 contributions1 helpful vote
We reached Montreal’s old town, Vieux-Montreal. Driving through the narrow cobblestone streets with pedestrians, spotted with Victorian lamp posts, accompanied by horse-drawn carriages transported us into a different world, but driving through these narrow roads was bit uncomfortable. Once Montreal’s financial hub, Vieux-Montreal is now home to hotels, restaurants, pavement cafes and art galleries. How did these Scottish cobblestones came to be paved on Montreal’s streets? They came over as ballast in the late 1700s in ships that returned to Montreal after unloading its cargo of fur and blubber. We headed straight to the Place d’Armes square -said to be the heart of the city, though it mostly consists of office buildings. The square is always bustling with activity, with musicians playing. The monument in the center of the square is dedicated to Paul de Chomedey, founder of Montreal In the Place d’Armes square, two tall bronze sculptors caught my attention. These sculptors have been inspired by two snobs in the novel ‘Two Solitudes’ by Hugh Mac Lennon. The two snobs depict the cultural distance between English and Francophone Canadians. On the left is an Englishman holding his pug, staring at the Notre-Dame Basilica, a symbol of religious influence on Canadians. On the right, two hundred feet away, stands a French lady with her poodle in her hand, giving an offended look at the Head Office building of Bank of Montreal, symbol of English financial power. …
Date of experience: August 2019
4honeynugget wrote a review Jan. 2020
Elkton, Maryland89 contributions28 helpful votes
Very pretty area where seems like always something always happening. Great location to use as a starting point to wander streets of old area of city.
Date of experience: November 2019
YTCHENG wrote a review Oct. 2019
Hong Kong, China15,500 contributions979 helpful votes
The center of town with great architectures on both sides of the Street including the Notre Dame Basilica. Famous shops around and the area would be illuminated at night time. Nice to stroll around.
Date of experience: October 2019
retireeVancouver wrote a review Oct. 2019
Vancouver, Canada1,652 contributions1,341 helpful votes
We walked just a short section of this major East-West street in Montreal to see attractions located on it like the Notre Dame Basilica, Chateau Ramezay, Nelson Column, and Place Jacques Cartier. This is definitely the street to walk on, not only as a means to get to the above attractions, but also because of the inspiring and photo worthy classical architecture of the public buildings like City Hall, the Court of Appeal, and various banks. The other buildings on the street are reminders of what 4-5 story apartment buildings used to look like. The ground floor of these grey stone buildings had shops, restaurants - great for window shopping and comparing menu items and prices. The street is beautified by its well placed city squares - spacious, with statues to commemorate historical figures, bubbling fountains, shade trees, benches, and most often street musicians. The street itself is only 2 lanes wide with street parking. I even saw a horse carriage using this street. Sidewalks are easy to walk on and wide - no cobble stones or brick here to stumble over. For cruisers, such as myself, Notre Dame street and its attractions were a short distance from the port - about a 10 minute walk - so there was no need to use public transportation - a definite positive. Streets were well signed so it was easy to find one's way. The signs showing the attractions on a city map and "You are here" notations were also helpful. Remembering that Rue Notre Dame ran parallel to the St. Lawrence and that the cross streets would take us back to the river was another useful way to find our way in the city.…
Date of experience: September 2019
Junee F wrote a review Jun. 2019
Surfers Paradise, Australia60 contributions15 helpful votes
A "Must See" experience, nightly when the whole interia of the Basilica is aluminated with stride lighting and Music. About a 15 min show. Adult pricing aprox $23. Book in advance. aurabasiliquemontreal.com or at the Basilica office.
Date of experience: October 2018