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Monuments & Statues in Montreal

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  • guinevereleigh
    san francisco3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely time spent here. The staff was super accommodating and went the extra mile to make sure that I was well taken care of. Ricardo, the concierge was super cool and helpful. i contacted him before i got to the hotel and then after i had arrived, he checked in with me and made sure that everything went well. great service!
    Written December 22, 2023
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,771 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well the Catholics have theirs, and this one is English and Protestant. From the 19th Century, very grand. We listened to organ music here. Right in the middle of downtown.
    Written October 28, 2022
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,887 contributions
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    Located at the Place d’Armes, the Maisonneuve Monument was created by famed sculptor Louis-Philippe Hebert and erected in 1895. If the name “Hebert” sounds familiar that’s because he was considered one of the best – if not THE best – sculptor of his day. Hebert’s impressive works dot the landscape of Montreal and Ottawa (many of his sculptures can be found on Parliament Hill, including an outstanding statue of Queen Victoria). The level of detail Louis-Philippe Hebert is able to capture in his sculptures – and the Maisonneuve Monument is no exception – is simply outstanding. From the facial details to the “wrinkles” in the clothing, it is no wonder Hebert was so sought after to develop and create these important works, many of which pay homage and tribute to important figures in Canadian history.

    Speaking of history, Hebert was commissioned to create the Maisonneuve Monument as a way to celebrate Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve and the 250th anniversary of the founding of Montreal (then called Ville-Marie). As far as sculptures that tell a story, the Maisonneuve Monument is epic in this regard because it, in effect, speaks to the founding of Montreal and how it took a variety of actors to bring the city to life. Consider:

    At the zenith of the monument stands Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the founder and first Governor of Ville-Marie (modern day Montreal). He stands poised and serious – looking towards Notre-Dame. The flag of the king of France in his hand, ready to proclaim and claim the “new” land. At the column’s mid-base sits four figures important to the history of Montreal: Jeanne Mance, the first lay nurse in North America and founder of the first hospital in Ville-Marie; Raphael-Lambert Closse, the governor’s lieutenant; Charles Lemoyne, who was responsible for the security of the new township; and an “anonymous Iroquois warrior” who is there for their functional and practical purpose, being stewards of the land (and, hey, they caught Hebert’s imagination!).

    Curiously, the monument was splashed with red paint in 2018 as part of what I call our retroactive “anger” towards historical figures because what was acceptable a few hundred years ago isn’t acceptable today. “Gassy Jack” in Vancouver suffered the same fate a couple of years later. Sometimes I think these acts of “protest” are just an excuse for people to vandalise parts of the city.

    In any event, the Maisonneuve Monument, in my view, represents one of Louis-Philippe Hebert’s best works, which says a lot given the quality he produced. It tells a story; is highly detailed; and, has stood the test of time. If you’re exploring Old Montreal, and pass through the Place d’Armes, be sure to take a moment and appreciate this statue. It helps set the stage and context of the area.

    PS: Looking back at my notes, I’d started penning this review in July and then obviously got distracted by other things. Such is life, I suppose ;)
    Written November 28, 2023
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  • Foodange
    Manchester, UK2,822 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a quiet square with a simple monument devoted to the Pioneers. It’s behind the Pointe-à-Callière Museum. Perfect for a breather.
    Written December 6, 2023
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
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    Nelson's Column is a monument paying tribute to that great British Admiral Horatio Nelson, after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar. The Column was erected in 1809 in Place Jacques-Cartier, in what is now Old Montreal. It’s located at the high end of the Square and is visible from quite a distance. This is considered Montreal’s oldest monument and the oldest war monument in Canada. It’s worth a look and you can’t miss it when you visit Place Jacques-Cartier.
    Written November 13, 2023
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  • Angelique717
    Orlando, FL348 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The cross was a beautiful site. We hiked up on the snowy path the see the cross and we are glad we did it. It was nice to see it up close, we could see it in the distance from our hotel room.
    Written January 17, 2024
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  • JLC-mtl2015
    Montreal, Canada372 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many outdoor sculptures are displayed in the city. Tenderness - La Tendresse (in french) is one of them installed at the corner of Sherbrooke and Peel streets. This white marble sculpture by Paul Lancz, presents the simple connection of a mother and child.
    Written August 8, 2018
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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson18,350 contributions
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    The 1900 Battle of Paardeberg (Horse Mountain) was the major battle that claimed the lives of 320 Brisith soldiers, leaving 942 wounded. The tide turned with the surrender of the Boer army. Canadians ignored the order to retreat and held their ground.

    It was the single costliest action of the war.

    The monument is surrounded by bas relief scenes of the war. The list of the South African battles is listed on the monument. There is an honorable regognition on the side of the monument that says "Royal Canadian Infantry" which committed 8,000 Canadian troops to the Boer War conflict.

    We've seen Boer War memorials in Victoria, Halifax, and also Napier, New Zealand. Great Britain called upon its colonies and former colonies for military support and, answer, they did.
    Written September 19, 2019
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  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, CA2,011 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large, impressive statue surrounded by a park, at the edge of Mount Royal. Not sure it is worth a separate trip, but if you are in the area, definitely worth stopping for a few pics.
    Written June 6, 2022
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  • sunsetch4ser
    Toronto, Canada103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see when you are in Montreal, you can never visit too many churches. The architecture of this church is very unique and has a Victorian/Roman style to its architecture. Great place as a quick pitt stop to visit when you are in the area, you will most likely spend 30 minutes, if this place holds a more religious significance to you.
    Written January 2, 2018
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  • Landon T
    Austin, TX168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing fountain show that includes fire. This is walking distance from the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. The park and fountain are open 24/7, but the show is only in the evening. Look up videos on YouTube.
    Written September 21, 2017
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  • navawritz
    Tel Aviv, Israel717 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were looking for a French food and to seat by the walking street. In front of the marina the host stated off by being rude I figured it’s france they don’t like tourist . I asked if the have liver pate she answered “is it on the menu ?” I said no but I am asking so she shout so we don’t have .
    She didn’t ask my husband for the kind of beer he like just dumped it in the table . Then my food arrived with soggy French fries I called her to ask her to complain. she refused to hear me and went to next table to complain about me and brought their empty franchise fries dish . Contained to offer us to leave .
    We paid didn’t eat and know the only thing I can do is voice my opinion . Rude to the top of the list of roundness !
    Written May 25, 2022
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  • toddlerpants
    Droitwich, UK983 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As you come down from the Victoria bridge this new sculpture stands between the on and off ramps.
    At first sight it looks like a white steel man sitting with his knees drawn up and his hands clenched in front of them and made from interlinked pieces of metal.
    But if you get a closer look as you ride past you will see that it is made from interlinked letters from different languages.
    It is lit at night
    Written July 14, 2020
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  • JLC-mtl2015
    Montreal, Canada372 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many outdoor sculptures are displayed in the city. Danseuse is a dancer sculpture in front of water fountain.
    It is a bit hidden from the street but the water effect is nice.

    It is installed on McGill collegue avenue close to other sculptures.

    A day in Montreal could be only touring the public outdoor sculptures.
    Written August 8, 2018
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