City Hall, Montreal

City Hall, Montreal (must see)

Montreal City Hall is a five-storied flashy building exclusively constructed to house the municipal administration. Built in the second empire style, it is one of the most impressive and spectacular buildings in Old Montreal. It was constructed between 1872 and 1878 as per the designs suggested by architects Alexander Cowper Hutchison and Henri-Maurice Perrault. This building survived a major fire break in 1922 after which architect Louis Parant completely remodeled the same with more robust construction.

The exterior of the building is decorated with attractive turrets, balconies and mansard roofs. You can enjoy an amazing sight of the building in the evenings when it is completely illumined with hundreds of bulbs. The interior is decorated with elegant and exquisite art pieces collected from all over the world. The marble flooring, hand-carved ceiling, stained-glass windows, decorative lampshades and a huge bronze and glass chandelier add to the glamor and beauty of the hall. The hall of honor is very interesting as it displays portraits of all the mayors who have held office.

As opposed to many government buildings where public entry is restricted, Montreal City Hall permits visitors to take a quick 15-minute tour.

Tip:
Just walk into the City Hall and you'll be given a free tour of the building. There are a handful of tours to choose from, with the schedules clearly visible when you walk in.
Tours are both in French or English, so check the schedule for the language you need.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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City Hall on Map

Sight Name: City Hall
Sight Location: Montreal, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk II   Famous Architecture Walking Tour in Montreal   Old Montreal Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Montreal, Canada

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
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Travel Distance: 5.3 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km

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